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GERMANTOWN BRETHREN 
HISTORICAL LIBRARY 

6611 German town Avenue, Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania 

At the 159th recorded Annual Confer- 
ence of the Church of the Brethren, held 
at North Manchester, Indiana, in 1945 a 
Historical Commission composed of five 
members was appointed, the commission 
"to build an eastern collection at German- 
town, . . . and to look toward and promote 
a national church memorial at the mother 
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The Gospel Messenger. 



"Set for the Defense of the Gospel.' 



Entered at the Post- Office at Mt. Morris, 111. 
as Second Class Matter. 



Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Jan. 5, 1886. No. 1 



Vol. 24, Old Series. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGEB. 

H. B. BKUMBAUGH, Editor, 

And Business Manager of the Eastern House, Box 50, 

Huntingdon, Pa. 



(JOOD news from the churches continues to come 
in, and the interest in the good work seems to be 
growing. . 

BbO. J. M. Mobier has been preaching for the 
Brethren at Meehanicsburg, Pa. His labors there 
are greatly appreciated, and good is being accom- 
plished. 

The Brethren at Broad Run, Frederick Co., Md., 
commenced a series of meetings on the 12th. The 
meeting-house is near Brownsville, on the "Wash- 
ington County railroad. 



lino. U; .ael Baker, of the Alleghany church, 
"W. Va.,^ . orethren Fike and Digman held a se- 
ries of meetings with them of one week, resulting 
in live baptisms, one reclaimed and others "almost 
persuaded." 

The Brethren's Almanac for 1S86 is stereotyped, 
so that our ability to supply is unlimited. Send in 
your orders as soon as possible, as people generally 
like to have an Almanac in the early part of the 
year. Single copy 10 cents, or $1.00 per dozen post- 
paid. 

The Brethren on the eastern shore of Maryland 
are anxious tit build a meeting-house, but do not 
feel themselves able. We wish the desired help 
could be tendered them, as they should haye a 
place for public worship. "We are looking forward 
hopefully to the time when all these wants can be 
supplied. The good leaven is at work and it will 
continue till V <) whole is leavened. 



Some of our churches are organizing Bible class- 
es for the long winter evenings. "Where it is not 
convenient to hold them in the church, they are 
held in private houses. "We like this plan very 
much, as it brings religious services to families 
that would get them in no otherway. It is a good 
thing to make Bethels out of our homes. It is good 
for the children, good for the parents, and the 
meetings are good for all who attend them. "We 
wish all such meetings well and bid them (Jod 
speed. 

A. obsat many of our churches feel that they 
ought to do some extra church work by holding a 
scries of meetings, but seem to think that such 
meetings cannot be successfully held, unless a 
strange minister is called. "We know that it is 
generally desirable to have a strange minister for 
such occasions, but it is not always necessary, as 
such meetings can be held by the home ministry 
as well. Encourage your home ministers to go to 
work and give them the same attendance and in- 
terest that you would give a stranger, and you 
will be surprised at the good that may be done. 



QUINTER ON BAPTISM. 



This work is now printed and in the hands of 
(lie binder, and in a very short time will lie ready 
for distribution. It is the most exhaustive work 
on Trine Immersion ever published, and will be 
and ever remain the standard work of the church 
on that subject. The author, not long since, was 
asked how long he was at the work, in preparing 
for and writing it, The Bnswer[was, "Mj life" 



time," which, of course, meant from the time he 
became interested in church .work, —which was 
very early in life— up to the present. lie has had 
at his disposal all the best works ever written on 
the subject, and therefore was able to give the 
very best. It is a work that should have a large 
circulatkn in the church, and all such as are inter- 
ested in Christian or apostolic baptism, and hope 
that our brethren will now, at once, send in their 
orders for it and aid in having it largely distrib- 
uted. 

It contains 370 pages, neatly and substantially 
bound in cloth, for $1.50. Agents wanted to sell 
it, to whom a liberal discount will be made when 
ordered in dozen lots or more. Single copies sent 
to any address where the order is . accompanied 
with the price as above given. 



THE NEW YEAR. 



Foi: fourteen years we have been been before the 
Brotherhood as a representative of a religious pa- 
per, and during that time we have enjoyed a con- 
siderable experience in regard to the needs and 
wants of the church, and the character of our peo- 
ple. During all this time we have acted in the 
double capacity of editor and business manager, 
and in this way have become so familiar with the 
handwriting of a large number of our agents and 
contributors that v, e know I 

ters.before we open them, and, in some cases, guess 
their contents. Fourteen years, though not a very 
long time, has brought about many changes, and 
quite a number of the active workers, who started 
with us, have gone over to the other side, while 
others have taken their places, and the work still 
goes on. Though we have had our ups and downs, 
yet we feel that God's blessings have attended our 
labors, and we are encouraged. "With the new 
year we start out with renewed determinations to 
more fully dedicate our work to the Master's cause 
and do our best towards helping to extend the bor- 
ders of Zion. In this work and in this field, we 
most heartily greet our fellow-laborers and patrons 
with our best wishes for the New Year, 18S0. We 
feel deeply indebted to all who have stood by us, 
both agents and patrons, and hope that your labors 
thus spent may not be in vain. May God bless you 
all, and the days of grace allotted to us in this new 
year be improved to our good and to the help and 
edification of our fellow-men. And to all we wish 
a happy and prosperous Xew Year. 



CONVERSION.- WHAT IS IT? 



Dear Emtou:— What does convert mean, and when is a man 
converted-' J. W l'cusi rv. 

Vmi: question has been a subject upon which 
there has been much speculating and theorizing.— 
'Iter all that has been said and written, peo- 
ple continue to have their differences of opinion in 
regard to it. We have not the time now to give an 
extended exposition of it, but will try to give such 
common sense ideas as may assist the anxious in- 
quirer in coming at a satisfactory conclusion. 

Lexicographers give a number of definitions to 
the word convert, but we shall only name the one 
that has a direct bearing on our subject. It is a 
combination of two Latin words, eon, from, and 
. turn away. Therefore, in its simplest and 
Big&ificant form, it means, to turn away from, 
and in the sense we here use it, to turn away from 
that which is evil to that which is good. Conver- 



sion is generally termed, a change of mind; but it 
means more than this. It means not only a con- 
sciousness of sin and a desire to be freed, but an 
actual turning aw r ay from it. The mind mn 
changed a thousand times, and so often may we 
desire to be freed from sin, but this is not conver- 
sion. It is only a change of mind— a change of d<- 
sires, without being put into practice. "To turn 
away from," is a fundamental principle in conver- 
sion, and without it there can be no real conver- 
sion from sin', to righteousness. To make it real, 
we must leave the one and go to the other. 

Faith and repentance do not constitute conver- 
sion. They are important elements to this end.— «_ 
They must precede it, but do not necessarily pro t 
duce it. Devils believe and tremble, and no doubt ^ 
often repent of their terrible condition, but still g 
they are not converts to the religion of Christ. In ^ 
life two kingdoms are represented: the kingdom of £. 
Satan, or the world, and the kingdom of Christ, or Fil , 
heaven. Conversion turns us away from the one ££ 
into the other. This brings us to regeneration or 
a new life. Old things have been left behind, be- 
hold all things have become new. "We die to the 
kingdom of the world and become alive to the 
kingdom of Christ. 

Regeneration is also from two Latin word- 
again and (/oicrair, to beget. It is often confounded 
with conversion, but is essentially and distinctive 
ly different. It is that which conversion leads to. 
Convert m eoiaplei eneration coi 

which leads to the new creation in Christ Jesus. 

The querist further says: "I believe that a per- 
son is converted before he receives the Holy 
Ghost." This depends upon what is meant by re- 
ceiving the Holy Chost. To say that the Holy 
Ghost has nothing to do with our conversion is to 
deny an important part of its ollice, as by it, the 
world is reproved of sin, of death and of a judg- 
ment to come. As a reprover and wooer from sin, 
the Holy Spirit is ever present with the sinner; but 
as an indweller of the heart, it cannot be received 
until the heart is cleansed and renewed, or the new 
creature is formed. About this there can be no 
question. 

As some may wish to know what relation bap- 
tism sustains to conversion and regeneration, we 
will go a little further than has been asked of us 
by our querist. 

Baptism, by all churches, is accepted as the ini- 
tiatory rite to visible church membership. And 
as God has so ordained, it is essential as well as 
expressive. Water baptism, or immersion, most 
beautifully represents the change as brought about 
through conversion and regeneration. It not onlj 
represents the turning away from sin. but a death 
to sin, and its burial, as well as the coining forth of 
the renewed man in Christ Jesus. Hence, when 
we receive baptism, we say to ourselves and to 
those who behold us. that the old man of sin in us 
has been Crucified, is dead, and we now bury him, 
and as we came forth out of the water, we d 
as being renewed, to walk In a newness of li: 
We thus comply with the initiatory lite divinely 
instituted fortius purpose and can have the a.-sur- 
anee that (Sod will perform in us all of that which 
this, his outward rite, signifies, it is sometimes 
said that God can Bave without baptism as well as 
with it. We do not deny but what he can do 
but as lie has not promifl Vfl us on any oth- 

er conditions than those given us. it is best and 
he has told us. He that believeth 
and is baptized shall be saved: he that belie\eth 
not and is not baptized, shall be damned. 



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THE GOSPEL MESSEISTGrER. 



E3SS-A-"2"S- 



Study to show thyself approred unto God, a workman that 

needeth not be ashamed, rightly diriding the 

Word of Truth. 



OUR TRUST. 



BY ADDIE HOHF. 

"Dear Lord, what meanest thou? Thy word 

Is broader than our hands have done; 
Thou saidst, 'Go, preach, till all have heard 
From pole to pole, from sun to sun.' 

"Didst thou not know we cannot do 
So large a work as this requires? 
Our homes, our friends, our business, too, 
Combine to fetter our desires. 

"Let the poor heathen pray to stone, 
Or stick, or god of ghastly shape; 
We have not time to make thee known ; 
May we hard duty not escape ? 

"Those savage souls are slow to hear 

The Truth thy servants have diffused; 
Their moral standing's low, we fear; 
We pray thee, Lord, have us excused." 

"Weak servants ! Is't for this I bless 
Your hearth and field with royal cheer? 
Does bounty make your impulse less 
My holy edict to revere ? 

"How dare ye claim my righteous name? 
Did I not make the heathen soul? 
Your life and his from one man came; 
Must darkness o'er your brother roll ? 

"See! 1 have put you in the grade 

Of knowledge, wealth, and arts refined; 
But ye have let your heart-love fade 
To feel ambition in your mind. 

"How fare 'all nations' ? Do they kneel 

At your rich news of great 'good will'? 
Nay, you've not time to go: you feel 
That sphere another ought to fill. 

"Yes, I've some faithful servants yet 

Who sacrifice their dearest ties 
To lift the heathen ; and they get 
Large pay of joy in those saved eyes. 

"But yet your trust fulfilled must be; 
Your part no other man may do; 
But if to preach you are not free, 
Thus will I cancel all your due: 

"Lay by a sacred tenth; with this, 

By prayer hallowed, send forth men 
To save my world; let not one miss 
The glory when I come again." 
Huntingdon, J'". 



FAITH. 



BY LANDON WEST. 



Faith is defined by the apostle Paul, to be 
"the substance of things hoped for, the evi- 
idence of things not seen." 

It is confidence in the Word of God; a 
willingness to accept what he has spoken, 
and to look forward to the fulfillment of 
what he has promised. It is the exercise of 
that feeling which is shown by the child, 
when it assures us of its confidence, that the 
parent's word will not deceive nor fail, and 
that each promise will be remembered and 
kept. So it is with the child of God. There 
is first readiness to hear the Word of Truth, 
and then, without any reserve, to accept and 
keep it, having no fear whatever as to the re- 
sult. Like Abraham, the believer feels as- 
sured that "the Judge of all the earth will 
do right." 



ITS IMPORTANCE 

cannot be over-estimated, when we see what 
faith is, and what it does. It is the link that 
brings our race again to the Tree of Life. 
It is a power put into action upon our part, 
to aid us back again, into the family and 
favor of God, and, if faithful, then, there we 
are to remain. 

To gain the favor of another, we must man- 
ifest our respect for them, in accepting and 
believing their word, and, while their mind 
and wish are embraced by us, and made a 
part of our own, intercourse can begin and 
and continue, but when these are refused, 
communication is at an end; they cannot 
reach us, nor can we reach them; the line of 
connection is cut off. And so with faith; it 
is the only line of communication between 
earth and heaven ; it is direct, and offers an 
easy interchange of mind and law between 
each subject, poor as he may be, and the Su- 
preme Kuler of the Universe. It is impossi- 
ble to value its worth, in the work of salva- 
tion, because we cannot yet know the worth 
of favor and fellowship with God. If we 
could but once know the value of pardon and 
freedom from sin, the fullness of the Spirit, 
the glory of coming to God, the power of the 
resurrection from the dead, and the glory 
and duration of heaven, — then, and only 
then, we might speak of the value of faith. 
Could we but once know all the fruits of sin 
and unbelief, the extent of banishment from 
God, and the horror of a second death, then 
we might put a better estimate upon faith, 
the agent by which all these are shunned. 

It is all told in the brief statement of Paul, 
who says: "But without faith it is impossible 
to please God, for he that cometh to God must 
believe that he is, and that he is a rewarded 
of them that diligently seek him." He makes 
faith so important in our coming to God, that 
we cannot be accepted without it, and hence 
we cannot know its value until we know the 
worth of pleasing God, and of being accepted 
by him. 

THE KINDS OB CLASSES 

of faith, make it important too, to know that 
ours is genuine. We should all know that 
faith differs as to kind and extent. There is 
a "faith which worketh by love," and there is 
a faith that "is dead;" hence it becomes all 
of us to know the kinds there are, also to see 
what kind we possess. We may think we 
have faith, and we may have it, but not a liv- 
ing faith; and we may trust ourselves to be 
in the faith, and may be, but in the state 
named in Rev. 3: 15-19. We ought then to 
see what is said as to the kinds of faith. 
James says, "that faith without works is dead, 
being alone," and he then appeals to all pro- 
fessors, to show him their faith without their 
works, and he will show them his faith by his 
works. 

The intimation is, that one's confidence in 
God can be shown in no way but by obeying 
the Word he has spoken, and this is a chal- 
lenge to the world to prove it otherwise. To 
hear the Word, and not keep it, is to show no 
regard for the One who has spoken from 
heaven, and we may yet claim to have faith, 
but James calls it a dead faith. 



A living faith being the necessity, it is 
then a question as to how and where to ob- 
tain it. Where is the hidden treasure, and 
how shall we obtain it? 

The apostle says, that "faith cometh by 
hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." 
The Bible, then, holds the treasure, and the 
telling of it to the world begets faith in the 
minds of all who will accept it. Those 
who accept most of the Word, have the 
most faith, while those who will not accept 
the Word, have no faith; and those who have 
the most faith, always have most of the 
Word, and those who have no faith, take none 
of the Word. 

The manner of obtaining it is simple and 
easy. The Word of Life is spoken to us; we 
hear it and accept it, and in this way is faith 
formed within us. All the good seed which 
grows up in our life is faith, but no more nor 
less. That which is more is not faith, for it 
is not in the Word; and that which is less is 
not faith, for it is not in us. 

The truth and life are in the Word, and de- 
livered to the saints. If we do not take the 
Word, then we do not have the faith which 
the saints had. 

All our faith comes through the^ne chan- 
nel, and whenever we cease to hear the Word, 
there does our faith stop; it can go no fur- 
ther. For example: Jesus said to all, Repent. 
We hear, but if we do not obey, then is our 
faith dead. He commands baptism, requir- 
ing a new birth, both of water, and of the 
Spirit, but if we do not comply, here again is 
our faith dead. There is no sign of life. 

He gave to twelve men the example of 
washing the saints' feet, and said to them, 
that they ought to wash one another's feet. 
We hear of it, but if we do not obey, we do 
not follow the Master, and here again, is our 
faith in the Word, dead. 

Dear reader, we can show a living faith on- 
ly by hearing the Word as a little child, and 
then following the Master in the way he has 
led. 

So his Word and examples went on until 
his work was finished, and he ascended to 
heaven. These are all given us as lessons of 
faith; if we will take them, we can love him, 
and we can follow him in this the one way 
and easy path which leads to heaven, but we 
must get into that way, and there walk by 
faith, until it will lead us to that rest which 
remaineth for the people of Go d. 



REPENTANCE. 



BY B. C. MOOMAW. 



The keeping of God's commandments is 
the fundamental idea of our system of faith; 
here is one of them. "And the times of this 
ignorance God winked at, bid now command- 
eth all men, everywhere, to repent." Acts 17: 
30. This was no special injunction to the 
Athenians. "All men everywhere" includes 
us, no matter how far distant we may be, in 
time or place, from this apostolic utterance. 
It comes to us, bearing the impress of divine 
authority. When God speaks, let all the 
earth be silent. When God commands, let 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



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all Lis creatures hasten to obey. We see the 
importance of repentance in the frequent 
repetition of the command by inspired lips, 
and its invariable relation to the scheme of 
salvation. "In those days came John the JJap- 
tist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, apd 
saying, Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven 
is at hand." Matt. 3: 2. "From that time Je- 
sus began to preach, and to say, Repent, for 
the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matt. 4: 
17. "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and 
be baptized, every one of you." Acts 2: 38. 
"Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that 
your sins be blotted out." Acts 3: 19. 

Thus we see the first, loud, clear, ringing 
note of each successive introductory stage of 
the new dispensation, calling upon the chil- 
dren of men to turn their faces from nature's 
darkness to the bright and marvelous light 
of the gospel; from the black night of sin and 
death, to the bright dawn of the new and 
glorious morning of redeeming love. In 
John, Jesus, and Peter, we hear the Father, 
the Son, and the Holy Ghost, saying, RE- 
PENT. Triple-voiced, divine, absolute, eter- 
nal authority, enforces this prime obligation 
upon all the wandering sons and daughters 
of Adam. 

The doctrine of repentance has commend- 
ed itself to nearly every school of religious 
thought, so that it is given due prominence 
in nearly everv Christian creed. It has, how- 
ever, been charged against the Brethren, 
that they do not sufficiently insist upon its 
importance, but allow the unrepentant to be 
baptized upon a mere profession of their wil- 
lingness to obey the ordinances and rules of 
discipline, peculiar to the church. To this, 
we emphatically plead, not guilty. 

1. We notice, in the light of these Script- 
ures, that repentance is one of the primary 
principles of the system of grace, in the 
sense of being first in order of time and de- 
velopment, and preparatory to something 
higher. It is one of the first results which 
follows "hearing," in the Scriptural sense, be- 
ing simultaneous and reciprocal with faith. 

It is the breaking up of the soil of the heart, 
in which the good seed of eternal truth is to 
grow, and bring forth fruit to everlasting life. 
It is the plucking up of the weeds, briers, and 
thorns, which occupy the ground, so that the 
good wheat may afterward yield, some thirty, 
some fifty, and some an hundredfold. The 
more thorough, and radical, and deep this 
preparatory work, the more abundant will the 
golden harvest be. 

"Without repentance, it would be impossible 
for us to enter the kingdom of heaven, either 
in the church militant, or church triumphant. 
We may become nominal Christians, assume 
a form of godliness, be baptized, enter the vis- 
ible church, and perform all its ordinances, 
without true repentance, but we would be 
destitute of the spirit and power of godliness, 
and have only "a name to live, while we were 
dead." Not all who make an outward pro- 
fession are God's children, but "the founda- 
tion of God standeth sure, having this seal, 
the Lord knoweih them that are his.*' He, 
only, can see into the heart, and judge infalli- 
bly of its real condition. 



We hold that repentance is a much deeper, 
and more vital work of grace, than the super- 
ficial substitute, which generally goes by that 
namo. It is a sorrow for sin, a godly sorrow 
which worketh life, but does not stop there. 
It is a hatred of sin, radical and uncompro- 
mising, but does not stop there. It goes on 
to a renunciation of, or turning away from sin, 
with unalterable resolution of perseverance, 
but does not stop there. "The word render- 
ed 'repentance' implies a total revolution in 
the mind, a change in the judgment, disposi- 
tion, and affections, another and a better bias 
to the soul." Bishop Scott. 

This is the mature fruit of the gift and 
grace of repentance. It underlies the whole 
process of regeneration, from its inception to 
its consummation, when the new creature, the 
babe in Christ, rests in the arms of the 
church. It is a turning away, not only from 
the ordinary violations of God's law, and from 
the love of the old life of sin, but also from 
all willful disobedience or neglect of duty. It 
is a taking up of the cross, with all that this 
implies, — rejection of the world and its van- 
ities of the flesh, and its corruptions, of the 
devil and his evil works. It embraces sins of 
omission, as well as sins of commission, so 
that every command of our Lord becomes 
binding, and all the nice distinctions of vital 
or indifferent, essential or non-essential, dis- 
appear. 

Whereas, before, we delighted in the pleas- 
ures of sin, now we abhor them. Whereas, 
before, we were proud, disobedient, and un- 
thankful, now we are humble, anxious to do 
God's will, and grateful for his mercies. 
Whereas, before, we were indifferent to all, or 
some of his holy commandments, now we are 
careful to obey in every particular, to the full 
extent of our opportunity and ability. 
Whereas, before, we took pleasures in the 
vanities and superfluities of the carnal mind, 
now we strive "to touch not, taste not, han- 
dle not," that which has not in it the element 
of the cross. 

This is the way we look at this important 
subject, and these are the "fruits meet for 
repentance," which we expect of every appli- 
cant for baptism. Indeed, so far from bap- 
tizing any one without this kind of repent- 
ance, no administrator of that ordinance 
among us, who is at all acquainted 
with the principles of the gospel, and 
the rules of the church, would for a 
moment, think of receiving an applicant 
upon any other terms. We hold that all 
have sinned, and come short of the glory of 
God, as all have inherited the fallen and cor- 
rupt nature, which must be changed and re- 
newed, so all are in need of repentance, no 
matter how carefully they have sought to ob- 
serve the moral law, or how well they may be 
theoretically indoctrinated into the princi- 
ples of the church. 

As true repentance is an internal work of 
grace, which penetrates to the affections, dis- 
positions, and purposes of the soul, so no 
mere intellectual assent to the doctrines of 
the gospel, can be substituted for it. 

Like every other work of grace, true re- 
pentance is wrought in the willing heart by 



the Holy Spirit, through the Word. It is 
the gift of God. Acts 5: 31; 2 Tim. 2: 25. 

Submitting unto God, with the sincere de- 
sire that ho should "work in us both to will, 
and to do of his good pleasure, we will not 
fail to receive the grace of repentance, in 
which shall be laid a good foundation for 
eternal life. 

If we are only "willing in the day of his 
power," and do not, in our natural pride and 
stubbornness, resist his Holy Spirit, he will 
manifest in us the riches of his glory, by the 
renewing of our minds after the image of his 
Son, and by the sanctification of our spirite, 
making us meet for the heavenly and eternal 
inheritance. 

We are given a Scriptural sign of true re- 
pentance in the motive by which it is charac- 
terized. Sometimes it may happen that one 
will grow tired of some form of sin through 
satiety, or when they find that it is unprofit- 
able, or too expensive, or injurious to the 
health, or damaging to one's credit and repu- 
tation, and may quit it for some or all of 
these reasons. Others may be frightened in- 
to repentance, not because of the sinfulness 
of their course of life, but because of the im- 
mediate danger of punishment. Others may 
repent because they are caught, and punish- 
ed, either iu loss of reputation, property, or lib- 
erty, their repentance proceeding not from a 
sense of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, but 
from the inconvenience, loss, and pain of its 
consequences. I do not stop to discuss 
whether or not these motives or feelings enter 
into true repentance, but they are not Script- 
ural. In Rom. 2:4, we are given the true 
motive of genuine repentance. It is the 
"goodness of God." A feeling or sense of his 
long-suffering, his kindness and goodness to- 
ward us, is manifested in his daily providence 
which continually supplies all our wants, and 
prolongs our days of grace, in spite of our 
rebellion and ingratitude; but especially the 
great and marvelous manifestation of his 
mercy and love in the gift of his only Son, to 
suffer and die for us, — all this eternal and un- 
exampled goodness, when once seen and felt 
by us, makes us ashamed of our sins, by 
which so gracious and loving a heavenly 
Father is grieved. We learn to despise and 
reject the follies which wound his loving 
heart, and drive away his Holy Spirit. 

Dear reader, "the wages of sin is death, 
but the gift of God is eternal life, through 
Christ Jesus our Lord." You may well trem- 
ble at the result and reward of sin, and reject 
it on that account, but turn rather to the oth- 
er side of tho picture, and contemplate those 
unspeakable gifts which the glorious and 
eternal God offers to such worms of tho dust 
as we, — Christ, pardon, purity, peace, hope, 
joy, resurrection, eternal life. All that God 
can give is ours, if we only turn from our sin- 
ful disobedience, and surrender body, mind, 
and soul to him. 

Will you still despise "the riches of his good- 
ness, and forbearance, and long-suffering,'' 
and thus heap up more awful condemnation 
against the day of wrath, or will you now 
"rather choose affliction with the people of 
God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a 



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Beason?" Behold, the angels are waiting to 
carry the glad tidings of your repentance to 
the very presence of God. Heaven rejoices, 
and hell mourns, over every sinner that re- 
penteth. 

Oh this mighty act of grace which con- 
cerns three worlds ! Hell loses a victim, the 
world loses a subj ect, and heaven gains an 
immortal soal, destined to live in bliss and 
glory for eternal ages. Seek for it, cry 
mightily to God until you receive it. Do not 
rest until every chain is broken, every stain 
washed away, and the soul rejoices in the as- 
surance of salvation. Wrestle with your be- 
setments; stand up against the assaults of 
the devil; depart from iniquity; "lay hold on 
eternal life." "Let the wicked forsake his 
way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts, 
and let him return unto the Lord, and he will 
have mercy upon him, and to our God, for 
he will abundantly pardon." Isa. 55: 7. 

Green Forest, Va. 



TRINE IMMERSION. 



BY ELDER JAMES QUINTER. 



Trine immersion, the form of immersion 
or baptism practiced by the Brethren, con- 
sists of an immersion into the name of the 
Father, an immersion into the name of the 
Son, and an immersion into the name of the 
Holy Spirit. These three immersions consti- 
tute the "one baptism," or one immersion, al- 
luded to by Paul, in Eph. 4: 5, as the several 
local churches of Christ in the world, consti- 
tute the "one body," alluded to by Paul, Eph. 
4: 4, or the one general church. 

The baptismal formula, or the form of ad- 
ministering baptism, as given by Christ, 
reads thus: "Baptizing them into the name 
of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Ho- 
ly Spirit." Matt. 28: 19. 

We hold as there are three distinct person- 
al agents, or persons, contained in the baptis- 
mal formula, so there are three distinct 
names contained in it. Such is the plain im- 
port of the literary structure of it. But as 
the baptismal formula has been freely used in 
the Trinitarian controversy, its literal mean- 
ing, is not always recognized or accepted. — 
There is a prejudice against its literal mean- 
ing, arising from the mysterious doctrine of 
the Trinity, with which it has been associat- 
ed. In proof of this we give the following 
testimonies: "Baptizing them in the name of 
the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy 
GhoBt. The Father, Son and Holy Ghost; 
there are three distinct persons; in the name ; 
not names; there is one essence." Homilet- 
ic Encyclopaedia, Art. Trinity, by Adams. 
"By one faith we enter the one ineffable 
name Jesus, the Lord Jesus Christ." F. M. 
Bowman (Baptist). Mr. Bowman would 
make "name" in the baptismal formula, the 
name of Jesus. 

"We repeat that the Bible commission de- 
mands one baptism in the one name of the 
Triune God." Dr. Ray, (Baptist). We give 
the above as examples of the obscure manner 
in which "name" in the baptismal formula is 
explained. Such an application of "name" 



has a tendency to obscure it, as what is often 
written upon the word baptizo, in the baptis- 
mal controversy has a tendency to obscure 
the literal meaning of that word. We take 
the literal and grammatical meaning of the 
baptismal formula, and find in it three dis- 
tinct names as well as three distinct persons. 
We look at the literal meaning of the baptis- 
mal formula in ascertaining the form of im- 
mersion, as immersionists look at the literal 
meaning of baptizo to ascertain the proper 
action of baptism. 

We regard the baptismal formula as ellip- 
tical, and, reading with the ellipses supplied, 
baptizing them into the name of the Father, 
and into the name of the Son, and into the 
name of the Holy Spirit. The elliptical 
character of the baptismal formula may be 
proved in several ways. The plainest, per- 
haps, is by the practice of reputable writers. 
The practice of reputable writers is the 
standard of grammatical accuracy of our lan- 
guage. Hence, what is in accordance with 
the usage of writers of acknowledged reputa- 
tion, is in accordance with the grammar of 
our language. When men write upon the 
baptismal formula, or upon similar sentences, 
and have nothing to bias their minds, they 
recognize name to be understood before "the 
Son," and before "the Holy Spirit," though 
it is not expressed. In proof of this we offer 
the following testimony l "Again, he did not 
immerse into the name of the Holy Spirit, 
because the Spirit was not yet given. . . 
The Son and Holy Spirit not being yet re- 
vealed, he could not immerse into either the 
name of the Son or of the Holy Spirit." Al- 
exander Campbell in the Christian Baptist, 
p. 647, "Again, baptism was to be adminis- 
tered in the name of the 'Son," etc. Dr. 
Shedd's History of Christian Doctrine, vol. 
1, p. 330. "How strangely it would have 
sounded if baptism had been ordered in the 
name of the Father, and of Gabriel, and of 
Michael — one divine and two angelic names." 
Dr. Pierce in his Discussion with Mr. Burrus, 
p. 26. Here we have a form of expression 
precisely similar to that used in the baptis- 
mal formula, but name is only applied to the 
first person named, and is understood before 
the other two. But if the ellipses are sup- 
plied, as they must be to complete the con- 
struction, it will read, in the name of the Fa- 
ther, and in the name of Gabriel, and in the 
name of Michael. 

Such examples could be greatly multiplied, 
but we shall offer but one more. Dr. Myer 
is a very learned and popular German Com- 
mentator. In a note in his Commentary on 
Matthew, on the baptismal formula, and in 
justification of the use of "name" in the sin- 
gular number, he says: "The singular points 
to the specific name assigned in the text to 
each of the three respectively, so that into the 
name is, of course, to be understood both be- 
fore the Son, and before the Holy Spirit; com- 
pare Rev. 14: 1, '2Ztj name and the name of 
his Father.' " 

We shall offer the testimony yet, of a few 
writers, who, when referring to the baptis- 
mal formula, plainly recognize a tri-plurality 
of names in it. Mr. Isaac Errett, the able ed- 



itor of the Christian Standard, in referring 
to the baptismal formula, says: "It is the on- 
ly act with which are associated the names of 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit." First Prin- 
ciples: Or the Elements of the Gospel, p. 108. 
Mr. A. Burges, a Disciple minister, in refer- 
ring to the form of baptism given by Christ, 
says: "The ordinance, therefore, must not 
only be immersion, but immersion into these 
three names." The Living Pulpit of the 
Christian Church, p. 301. 

Persons of candor and intelligence, and 
free from prejudice will recognize a plurali- 
ty of names in the baptismal formula, as well 
as & plurality of persons. And with a plu- 
rality of persons, and a plurality of names in 
it, in its full construction it will clearly take 
the form, "baptizing them into the name of 
the Father, and into the name of the Son, 
and into the name of the Holy Spirit." And 
the first name refers to Father, and not to 
the "Triune God," or "essence of God." And 
the second name refers to Son, and the third 
to the Holy Spirit. And the words added to 
complete the grammatical construction of the 
sentence, and to supply the ellipses, "are as 
much a part of the sentence, as if they were 
expressed." CovelVs Grammar, p. 180. 

Then what does the baptismal formula, 
with a plurality of persons, and a plurality 
of names in it, and with the form it possesses 
when the ellipses are supplied, tench? It 
plainly teaches trine immersion, as we shall 
now proceed to show, after having stated it 
in its full grammatical form as trine immer- 
sionists accept it, and as reputable authori- 
ties admit it should read. 

Single immersionists admit by plain impli- 
cation, if not by direct affirmation, that the 
baptismal formula, read, baptizing them into 
the name of the Father, and into the name of 
the Son, and into the name of the Holy Spir- 
it, teaches trine immersion. We shall now 
give the testimony of several of these to 
prove what we have said. We take their tes- 
timony because they have considered the 
subject, and it is important in our discussion 
of the subject. 

Mr. G. W. Clark, a Baptist Commentator, 
in his notes on the baptismal formula, says: 
"The singular points clearly to only one im- 
mersion. If a threefold immersion had been 
intended, the form would have been either in 
the names of, or in the name of the Father, 
and in the name of the Son," etc. There is a 
work called, The Act of Baptism in the 
Christian Church, by H. S. Burrage. It is a 
Baptist work. The author says: "But the 
great commission is a witness against, not for 
trine immersion. As Dr. Conant has shown, 
to justify such a practice, the forms should 
have been either 'in the names of,' or in the 
name of the Father, and in the name of the 
Son, and in the name of the Holy Spirit." — 
Dr. Conant is referred to by the last author. 
Dr. Conant, in referring to trine immersion, 
says: "To justify such a practice, the form 
should have been either, in the names of. or 
in the name of the Father, and in the name 
of the Son, and in the name of the Holy Spir- 
it." 

Here we have three authors of eminence 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



among single immersionists, who, when writ- 
ing against trine immersion, use language 
that plainly shows that if there is a plurality 
of names in the baptismal formula, they 
must admit that trine immersion is taught in 
it. They first say that "name" before Fa- 
ther, should be mimes, to justify a trine im- 
mersion. That is, it should indicate a plu- 
rality of names to justify trine immersion or 
a plurality of immersions. They then say, 
that name should be repeated before Son and 
Holy Spirit to require a trine immersion or 
a plurality of immersion. They no doubt 
entertained the idea that if name was before 
Son, and before the Holy Spirit, that would 
indicate a plurality of names, and therefore 
justify trine immersion. So, in their judg- 
ment, to have authority for trine immersion 
in the baptismal formula, we must have a 
plurality of names in it. But we have shown 
that there is a plurality of names as well as 
of persons in it. The testimonies to this are 
many, and, they come from writers of differ- 
ent denominations. Single immersionists 
testify to a plurality of names in the baptis- 
mal formula. If then a plurality of names 
in it, contains authority for trine immersion, 
as it does according to the authorities just 
quoted, and if we have a plurality of names 
in it, as we surely have, and as has been 
clearly proved, then we have authority for 
trine immersion in the baptismal formula. 

Again, those authors last quoted, declare 
that if the baptismal formula read, baptizing 
them into the name of the Father, and into 
the name of the Son, and into the name of 
the Holy Spirit, then would trine immersion 
be taught in it. But we have seen that the 
principles of our language as recognized by 
reputable authors, supply name before Son, 
and before Holy Spirit, and that when the 
grammatical construction of the baptismal 
formula is complete according to the gram- 
matical principles of our language, name is 
justly applied to Son, and to the Holy Spirit, 
as well as to Father. So when the baptis- 
mal formula is complete, it will read, baptiz- 
ing them into the name of the Father, and 
into the name of the Son, and into the name 
of the Holy Spirit — the way those authors 
say it should read to teach trine immersion. 

And further, there will be recognized in 
the baptismal formula, when it is candidly 
and intelligently read, three distinct person- 
al agents or persons, and three distinct 
names, into each of which the believer is to 
be baptized. And to put a person into each 
of three distinct persons or objects, evidently 
requires a plurality of actions. Therefore a 
plurality of actions, or trine immersion is 
necessary to meet the demands of the bap- 
tismal formula. 

We shall offer one more consideration in 
this connection in favor of trine immersion. 
It seems to have been the design of our Lord 
in giving us the formula of baptism, that he 
has given us, to show a distinction in the 
Godhead; that each divine person may be 
considered in connection with the work he 
does, and the office which he fills in the work 
of redemption. When our Lord instituted 
the memorials of his death in the commun- 



ion service, he desigued his followers to 
make a distinction between his body and his 
blood. And he therefore selected two sym- 
bols, the bread to represent his body, and the 
wine to represent his blood. And the dis- 
tinction is shown by the two symbols. Now, 
if such a distinction was to be shown in the 
communion service, from the peculiar form 
of the baptismal formula, it appears that a 
distinction in the Godhead was to be shown 
in the ordinance of baptism. That distinc- 
tion is clearly and beautifully shown in trine 
immersion. The believer is baptized into 
each person in the Godhead to show his need 
of each, and his connection with each, and 
his honor to each. 

The historical argument for trine immer- 
sion is clear and conclusive. We can only 
present it in its briefest form. We take as a 
basis for our historical argument the preva- 
lence of trine immersion in the third century. 
"Trine immersion was the general practice 
of Christians from the end of the second till 
the close of the twelfth century. The proof 
of this statement is overwhelming." Baptism 
of the Ages and Nations, p. 15. Mr. Or- 
chard, a Baptist historian, in his History of 
Foreign Baptists, vol. 1, p. 35, makes the fol- 
lowing declaration: "The most respectable 
historians affirm, that no evidence exists as 
to any alteration in the subject or mode of 
baptism during the third century." He gives 
his authority. 

Then if trine immersion was the general 
practice in the third century, as Dr. Cath- 
cart, in his Baptism of the Ages, affirms it 
was, as we have seen, and if there was no 
change in the third century, and Mr. Orchard 
affirms there was not, meaning that those of 
the third century had the baptism that those 
of the second century had, then it follows 
that they had trine immersion in the second 
century. We have also other testimony to 
prove the prevalence of trine immersion in 
the second century. But it is not necessary 
to adduce it, as trine immersion in the second 
century has been proved. 

In regard to baptism in the second centu- 
ry, Mr. Orchard makes the following quota- 
tion from authority he calls the "best histo- 
rians." "It does not appear by any approv- 
ed authors, that there was any mutation or 
variation in baptism from the former centu- 
ry." History of Foreiqn Baptists, Vol. 1, p. 
26. If, then, trine immersion was the mode 
of immersion in the second century, and we 
proved it was, and if there was no change in 
the second century, baptism being what it 
was in the former century, that is, in the first 
century, then we have trine immersion in the 
first century — in the apostolic age. Thus 
we see we can clearly, and successfully, and 
that, too, by the testimony of single immer- 
sionists, trace trine immersion back to the 
apostolic age. This confirms the correctness 
of our views of the baptismal formula as au- 
thority for trine immersion. 

As we could give but a very brief synop- 
sis of the arguments for trine immersion, we 
thought it best to confine ourself principally 
to the Scriptural arguments, and we have 
done so. Since our Christian faith, practice, 



and experience are all to be tested by the 
Scriptures, they should be molded in the 
Scriptural mold. 



THE ORDINANCE OF FEET- 
WASHING. 



BY M. M. ESHELMAN. 



"If I then, your Lord and Master, haye washed your feet; ye 
also ought to wash one another's feet. For I hare giTen you 
an example, that ye should do as I hare done to you."— John 
13:14,15. 

The first argument to prove that feet-wash- 
ing is a church ordinance, is drawn from 
the fact that it contains all the elements nec- 
essary to an ordinance in the house of God. 
First, it has divine authority. The Lord 
Christ, the anointed, "proceeded forth and 
and came from God." John 8: 42. And more, 
the same Jesus says, "He sent me." He came 
not "of himself," — came not as one uncommis- 
sioned, but to do his Father's will. When 
his work was about finished — just as he was 
entering the regions of death to slay it — he 
remarked, "I go to the Father." John 16: 17. 
Further, "As the Father knoweth me, even so 
know I the Father." John. 10: 15. Here the 
Son asserts that he knows the Father the same 
as the Father knows him. Only a divine 
being can know God as God knows. Paul, by 
the Holy Spirit, asserts that by Christ "were 
all things created that are in Heaven and 
that are in earth." Col. 1 : 16. Now if 
God created all things "by that word, or 
Christ," then there is not anything that was 
not created by him, and if "all things" were 
created "by him," and "for him," then truly 
"he is before all things." This most clearly 
proves and sustains the doctrine of the di- 
vinity of Christ, who washed his disciples' feet, 
gave them the example and told them to do 
to each other as he had done to them — not 
as Whitley says "by being always ready to 
do any service by which we may promote the 
welfare and advance the purity of any mem- 
ber of the church." This is the voice of a 
noted preacher who lived many centuries 
this side of Christ and the apostles, and it is 
not as the voice of Jesus who said to Chris- 
tians "Ye also ought to wash one another's 
feet." 

Second, feet-washing has in it the ordi- 
nance — divine command. John 13: 11, reads: 
"Ye also ought to wash one another's feet." 
The Greek has it, "Ye are bound to wash one 
another's feet." These are not the words of 
any human philosopher, scientist, or the- 
ologian, old or new, but of the Counselor, 
the Prince of Peace, the mighty God, the 
everlasting Father. Isa. 9: 6. And the won- 
derful Being must be his own definer — his 
own commentator. Let him define ought. 
Webster may do it well as a man: Joseph 
Cook does it grandly when he says, "God is 
ought." but he who contains all power, all 
knowledge, all wisdom, excels all in defining 
his words. Here is his meaning of ought, 
"Thou wicked and slothful servant, * * * 
thou oughtest to have put my money to the 
exchangers, and then at my coming I 
should have received mine own with usury." 
Matt 25, 26, 27. In his reckoning with that 
one-talented man, he tells him what he ought 



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to have done. No doubt this receiver of a 
gift reasoned thus: "O well, what matters it 
if I do not improve the gift. The master will 
say, 'I ought to have increased the gift,' but 
as the word 'ought' is in the potential mode, 
and simply denotes duty or obligation it is 
not bindiDg, therefore, if I am willing in my 
heart to do any m enial act for my brother's 
comfort it will do just as well. I cannot see 
much in ought." 

Bat now hear the Maker of words — the 
perfect Scholar — the accurate Definer: "Take 
therefore the talent from him, and give it unto 
him which hath ten talents. And cast ye the 
unprofitable servant into outer darkness." 
Matt. 25: 28, 30. Because that "earthy 
man" — that lazy, careless, indifferent servant 
did not do what he ought to have done, 
he was not left in "inner darkness," but 
cast "into outer darkness." That is the 
weight of a neglected, outraged, disregard- 
ed ought. God's ought means light, life, 
bliss, comfort, eternal joys. "Ye are bound 
to wash one another's feet," says Jesus 
"Ye are restrained, ye are circumscribed to 
do as I have done to you." 

Third, Christian feet-washing has in it di- 
vine example. This is the third principal ele- 
ment in a church ordinance. There can be 
no doubt, no question about the Lord Jesus 
giving an example in feet-washing; for he 
himself says: "I have given you an example 
that ye should do as I have done to you." 
Not as John Wesley says: "To wash each oth- 
er's feet by performing all sorts of good of- 
fices toward each other," but "to icash one an- 
other's feet." Jesus says, "Do as 1 have 
done." — Wesley, Scott, Whitley, and others 
say, Wash each other's feet by performing 
all sorts of good offices. Jesus bids us do as 
he did, — human beings say, "by doing some- 
thing else." Christ did not give the example 
by something else, but did the thing he desir- 
ed his d'.sciples and followers to do. Why 
not break bread and divide the cup by do- 
ing something else — "by performing all 
sorts of good offices?" Why not obey the 
command to pray "by performing all sorts of 
good offices?" The fact is, no man can wash 
feet as Jesus did by not doing it, nor by 
being willing to do it and then refuse, nor 
by supposing he would be willing, nor by 
mending clothes, nor blacking boots, nor by 
feeding the minister's horse, or brushing 
garments — by none of these things nor any 
other, can a believer follow the example of 
Jesus in feet-washing. But a disciple imi- 
tates Christ in feet-washiDg by doing as he 
bids. 

Fourth, the Lord's feet-washing is accom- 
panied by the fourth element in an ordi- 
nance, divine promise. 

"If ye know these things,"' (feet-washing is 
one of them) "happy are ye if ye do them." 
John 13: 17. This happiness hangs on tho 
"if." It is not declared, "happy are ye" if ye 
evade feet-washing, nor if ye do something 
else, nor if you think it not binding, nor if ye 
are too proud to do it, but if ye do it. The 
blessing lies just beyond the doing; and to 
get the blessing one must needs march 
straight through the work. 



We have now shown that the feet-washing 
taught, practiced, exemplified, and explained 
by Jesus Christ, at the same time, place and 
occasion of the Lord's Supper and Holy Com- 
munion, has in it the four principal elements 
of a church ordinance, and on this ground 
alone should be received, believed, and obey- 
ed from the heart. 

The second argument to prove that feet- 
washing should be practiced as a church or- 
dinance is drawn from the fact that Peter 
could have no part with Jesus, unless he sub- 
mitted to being washed. John 13:8. "If I 
wash thee not," says Christ, "thou hast no part 
with me." Here he promulgates a divine law 
with its penalty. Unless Peter would sub- 
mit, he would lose his part with Jesus — would 
be separated from Christ and the other apos- 
tles, — would be turned back into the beggar- 
ly elements of the world — and, unless he 
would repent, "be cast into outer darkness." 
This may seem strong; but if Peter could 
have no part with Jesus, would he be saved? 
Could he take an angel or two and go off into 
some other part of the universe and set up a 
little world of his own because he could not see 
the propriety nor understand the philosophy 
of the Lord's feet- washing? Certainly not! 

The third argument to prove that feet- 
washing should be practiced by members of 
the church is founded on 1 Tim. 5: 10. The 
apostle Paul, in giving instructions concern- 
ing a widow, says: "Well reported of for good 
works, if she have brought up children, if 
she have lodged strangers, if she have wash- 
ed the saints' feet." The Savior washed the 
feet of believers who had assembled in a 
church capacity, and Paul instructs Timothy 
concerning a believer in Jesus. Now the 
widow might wish to know where to wash 
the saints' feet — at home as an act of hospi- 
tality, or in the assembly of the saints. Here 
a question might arise; and how shall Tim- 
othy settle it? He says : "I remember when 
Paul met the elders of Ephesus at Miletus, 
he said he had not shunned to declare all 
the counsel of God." Acts 20: 27. Now feet- 
washing, as performed by Christ, was a part 
of "all the counsel of God," therefore you, 
my dear sister, should wash the saints' feet as 
the Lord commanded. Thus I have learn- 
ed, and thus we do; for we are following the 
Master, Jesus. 

The fourth argument to prove that the 
feet-washing introduced by Jesus, is a 
church ordinance, is founded on the fact 
that it represents a spiritual cleansing. "Ye 
are clean, but not all." John 13: 10. If it had 
been designed merely as a literal cleansing — 
washing away the dust, — then Judas might 
have also been cleansed; but a lesson was in- 
troduced and illustrated. To comply, was to 
receive the blessing upon the soul. Submis- 
sion from the heart was proof that "his 
words" were abiding in them; for they were 
made clean through the word which Jesus 
spake unto them. John 15: 3. Christ spake 
the word to them, they received the word, 
obeyed from the heart, receiving thereby an 
illumination of mind, renovation of heart, 
and purification of soul. The words of Jesus 
in feet-washing and his example, were de- 



signed to show them that they were not great- 
er than he, and that, though they were "clean 
every whit," they mu3t not save, must not 
except, must not refuse "to wash feet," be- 
cause a spiritual blessing shall mo3t surely 
follow obedience. John 13: 17. 

Further; that same "one Lord" who insti- 
tuted the bread and cup of communion just 
before his apprehension, trial, condemnation, 
and death, at the same time, in the same 
place, upon the same occasion, with the same 
believers, instituted, ordained, proclaimed, 
and exemplified feet-washing and in the 
mo3t forcible language required the church 
there assembled to do as he had done. Back 
to Jerusalem, in the upper chamber, to Jesus 
and the apostles, all evangelical believers go 
to find warrant for the Holy Communion; 
and when they find it, they accept it on the 
ground of divine authority, divine command, 
divine example, accompanied by divine pro- 
mise. We, too, go back there, learn this, re- 
ceive it on the same principles, and from the 
heart try to obey it; and now, if there is one 
man in all the world so taught of God that he 
can make it clear that believers in Christ ev- 
erywhere should accept, obey, and enjoy the 
Holy Eucharist on the ground of it contain- 
ing all the elements of an ordinance, and re- 
ject that feet-washing set up by Christ when 
it also contains the like elements, let him put 
on his armor and march to the battle; for he 
must fight his own pyramid if it does stand 
on its apex. It will probably require more 
than Samsonian jaw-bones and Shamgarian 
ox-goads to slay the work of Jesus and to 
overcome the harmony which exists between 
"the ordinances" which the apostle Paul 
praised the church at Corinth for keeping, 
and which Jesus received from his Father, 
and gave to his followers, who, to this day, 
are made happy in obeying. 

"I have given unto them the words which 
thou gavest me," says the Savior; "and they 
have received them." John 17: 8. He had 
just delivered his Father's words on feet- 
washing; and it was infallibly certain that 
the apostles received the words — accepted 
them in a practical manner — were cleansed 
by them — made fit for the Master's use — 
freed from the law of sin and condemnation, 
and enjoyed an undefiled and approving con- 
science. So may we in like manner. 

There is no fruit of righteousness — no per- 
fect delight, — no mounting up as on eagle's 
wings to him who delights in obscuring that 
which is clear; in sending swift black clouds 
over the gospel light; in throwing doubt 
where there should be all certainty and per- 
fect assurance of faith. When the trumpet 
rings through the earth; when you start from 
your grave, and the Judge on his dazzling 
throne, with clouds and great glory, meets 
your eye, the words which he spoke, at his 
first coming, will run, like a meteor, through 
your mind; and if you have neglected his 
commandments — if you stuck your talent in- 
to the earth — if you permitted a perverting 
preacher to lead you into negligence and dis- 
obedience, your heart will wring with an- 
guish. "And, when the great angel binds 
you up with your fellows in bundles to burn, 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER, 



you will feel that you are not able to say, 
'What do I care?' for cares will come upon 
you like a wild, unbridled deluge." Please 
care now and obey Jesus in -all things. 
Belleville, Kan. 



A BIBLE VIEW OP THE LORD'S 
SUPPER. 



BY J. G. BOYEB. 



Churches generally admit that the Savior 
ate a meal with his. disciples, and in connec- 
tion with it instituted the bread and cup of 
communion, but the practice of the majority 
of the churches shows to the world that they 
do not consider the meal eaten in connection 
with the communion the Lord's Supper. A 
Bible view of this subject affords no good 
reasons why all churches should not consid- 
er the meal which the Savior and the apos- 
tles ate in connection with the communion, 
the Lord's Supper. 

The term "supper" (deipnon in the Greek) 
in the New Testament means meal — evening 
meal or feaBt. "When thou makest a sup- 
per, call not thy friends." Luke 14: 2; also 
verse 16, "A certain man made a great sup- 
per and bade many." "There they made him 
a supper." John 12: 2. "For in eating every 
one eateth before other his own supper." 1 
Cor. 11: 21. 

In all of the above texts the word "sup- 
per" is applied to a full evening meal. 

Paul says (1 Cor. 11: 21, 22), "When ye 
come together therefore into one place, this 
is not to eat the Lord's Supper. For in eat- 
ing every one taketh before other his own 
supper." We understand that in the expres- 
sion "Lord's Supper," which occurs nowhere 
else in the New Testament, the term supper 
is used in the same sense as it is in the texts 
quoted, (a) becausethe same word {deipnon) 
is used in the Greek, (6) because the expres- 
sion Lord's Supper is used with reference to 
the same eating referred to when he says, 
"Every one taketh before other his own sup- 
per." Since all admit that in the expression 
"Every one taketh before other his own sup- 
per," the word supper means a meal, we can 
come to no other conclusion than that it 
means a meal in the expression Lord's Sup- 
per. 

Some urge that since Paul says, "This is 
not to eat the Lord's Supper," he means to 
condemn the practice of eating a meal or 
supper in the church; but this is evidently a 
mistake. The Corinthians brought together 
provisions for a meal, and they had fallen in- 
to the disorder of "one eating before the oth- 
er," and so made it their own supper, instead 
of the Lord's Supper. It was this disorder 
that Paul reproved and condemned, and not 
the eating of a meal or supper. He says 
(verse 33), "Wherefore my brethren when ye 
come together to eat, tarry one for the other." 
This text shows clearly (a) that Paul did not 
object to their coming together to eat, but to 
the disorder of one eating before the other, 
(h) that when Paul speaks of tarrying one 
for another, he had reference to a meal or 
supper eaten by them ; for in speaking of the 
bread and cup, he says nothing about one 



eating before the other or one tarrying for 
the other. Therefore we must conclude that 
the expression, "Lord's Supper has reference 
to a meal and not to the bread and cup of 
communion. It will not do to call the bread 
and cup the Lord's Supper, for in 1 Cor. 10: 
16, Paul gives the Bible name for the em- 
blems. If an inspired apostle, like Paul, 
says the bread and cup are the communion 
of the body and blood of Christ, we should 
not attempt to make these emblems alone the 
Lord's Supper. 

Paul does not only speak of a Lord's Sup- 
per, but in 1 Cor. 10: 21, he says, "Ye cannot 
be partakers of the Lord's fable and the ta- 
ble of devils;" and in 1 Cor. 11: 23, he says, 
"I have received of the Lord that which I al- 
so delivered unto you." Here Paul informs 
us that the Lord had both a table and a sup- 
per; and we are led to inquire, When did the 
Lord use a table and when did he give a sup- 
per that would warrant Paul to deliver such 
instructions. Paul answers, "The Lord Je- 
sus in the same night in which he was be- 
trayed took bread." . . . . . "Aft6r the 
same manner also the cup when he had sup- 
ped," speaking definitely of the time the Lord 
took bread, and, "after the same manner also 
the cup." He says it was, "when he had sup- 
ped," implying that the Lord took the bread 
and cup at the close of a meal or supper. — 
We turn to the Lord to see if we find a 
Lord's table, and how he used it. 

Matthew says (26: 20), "When the hour 
was come, he sat down with the twelve." An- 
derson translates this "reclined at the table." 
Luke says (22: 14), "When the hour was 
come he sat down and the twelve apostles 
with him;" and in the 21st verse, "Behold, 
the hand of him that betray eth me is with 
me on the table." From these texts we learn 
that when the Lord commanded his disci- 
ples to go and prepare or make ready, they 
used a table large enough to seat all who 
took part in the services that night. In 
speaking of the services while they were all 
seated at the table, Matthew says (26: 26), 
"As they were eating, Jesus took bread and 
blessed it." Mark says (14:22), "As they 
did eat Jesus took bread," and Luke says 
(22: 19, 20), "And he took bread and gave 
thanks and brake it." "Likewise also the 
cup after supper." Here we have three in- 
spired men testifying, that while sitting at 
the table, the Savior and his apostles ate a 
meal or supper, and at the close of that meal 
the Lord took bread and gave thanks, and 
"likewise the cup." 

We should not forget that the Lord com- 
manded two of his disciples to go and pre- 
pare for the services of the evening, and 
when the Savior and the rest of the disciples 
assembled, they all sat down and ate a sup- 
per, and partook of the emblems of his brok- 
en body and shed blood, Jesus himself serv- 
ing, even to the washing of their feet. 

Now, we ask, Whose supper was it that they 
ate there, together? Was it Peter's? Was 
it John's? Who ordered it, and who served 
at supper timer We answer, the Lord; and 
in justice we must call it the Lord's Supper. 
This supper was on the Lord's table and 



therefore we have a Lord's table, and a 
Lord's Supper in connection with the insti- 
tution of the communion. 

This, then, is the teaching of Christ in his 
example — in the evening, the Lord's Supper 
upon the Lord's table and the Lord's people 
seated, around it eating an evening meal or 
Lord's Supper, as Paul calls it, or "feast of 
charity," as it was called in Jude's time, and 
at the close of the supper, and in connection 
with it, the bread and cup of communion. — 
How different the practice of many churches 
to-day — a small table or stand, no meal or 
supper on it; no one seated to it; the mem- 
bers receiving the bread and cup of commun- 
ion in the morning or before dinner, and 
calling it the Lord's Supper. 

Oh! when will Christians take the example 
of him "whose example is the light of heaven, 
the mind and spirit of the Deity shining on 
the way upon which Christians are to run 
with patience the race set before them, look- 
ing unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of 
our faith." 

( To be Continued. ) 



CHIPS FROM THE WORK-HOUSE. 



BY DANIEL VANIMAN. 



ANOINTING. 

Anointing the sick with oil was practiced 
by the apostles "and they anointed with oil 
many that were sick and healed them." Mark 
6, 13. The apostle James wrote to the 
brethren as follows: "Is any sick among you, 
let him call for the elders of the church, and 
let them pray over him, anointing him with 
oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer 
of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord 
shall raise him up, and if he have committed 
sins, they shall be forgiven him." James 5 : 4, 
5. Here are three things commanded and 
three things promised. First, to call on the 
elders of the church; second, to pray over 
him; third, to anoint him in the name of the 
Lord, — upon compliance with which are 
based the following promises: First, to be 
saved; second, to be raised up; third, to have 
his sins pardoned if he has committed any. 
These promises would seem sufficient to 
prompt any one who believes them, to avail 
himself of the helpful eomfort in reach. 
Stop fretting and being discouraged ; and, 
leaning on God's promises, use his appointed 
means. Therefore, able or unable to fathom 
God's primary object makes little difference 
if you possess the spirit of faithful Abraham. 
God did not require of him to understand 
the primary object of the required sacrifice; 
but the obedience of a trusting heart. The 
advantages of a reconciled, submissive, trust- 
ing state of mind and heart in sickness 
over an unreconciled, fretful, discouraged 
state is apparent, even in a physiological 
point of view. Add to this the unfath- 
omable power of faith and prayer, and 
who is able to measure the advantage to 
be gained from a faithful observance of 
anointing the sick with oil in the name 
of the Lord as recommended in the above 
Scripture? 



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Five have been received into the church at 
Horton, Ind., by baptism since their com- 
munion meeting. 

Two souls were converted and added to 
the church at North Manchester, Ind., on 
Thanksgiving Day. 



The General Church Erection and Mis- 
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Two precious souls were received into 
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Va., Dec. 20, by baptism. 

The Brethern at KoanD, expect to hold a 
series of meetings, the Lord willing, in Feb- 
ruary. Bro. I. J. Rosenberger is to be with 
them. 

Bro. J. H. Miller reports a good meeting 
at Nappanee, Ind. Five were baptized, two 
applicants and one reclaimed. The meet- 
ings were to continue. 

Brethren C. Holdeman and Geo. Barn- 
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Arkansas mission field, Dec. 30. Hope their 
labors for the Lord will be blessed. 



Bro. Henry Rohrer asks for some of the 
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Two were received by baptism in the Rock 
Run church, Elkhart Co., Ind., on Thanksgiv- 
ing Day. 

We call the attention of our readers to the 
special supplement contained in this issue of 
the Messenger. It contains some interest- 
ing information in regard to Bro. D. L. Mil- 
ler's Book, "Europe and Bible Lands." 



According to the best information that we 
can obtaiD, the Southern District of Kansas 
now contains a membership of about 1400. 
In Bro. Howard Miller's Record of the Faith- 
ful, published in 1882, the number is given 
at 400. This gives an increase of thirty-five 
per cent in four years. 



At a recent church meeting held by the 
Brethren in the Howard church, Howard Co, 
Ind., Bro. Daniel Bock was ordained to the 
full ministry, and brethren J. S. Brubaker 
and Aaron Moss were ordained to the second 
degree of the ministry. May the Lord bless 
these brethren in their work, and give them 
grace to bear the responsibility placed upon 
them by the church. 



Many of our readers will doubtless remem- 
ber Mason Long, the reformed gambler, 
who traveled over the West last year, giving 
free lectures on the evils of intemperance 
and gambling. Some of the enemies of re- 
form and the advocates of saloons, circulated 
a report that he had again returned to his 
old habit of drinking and gambling. The 
Fort Wayne Sentinel, printed at Mr. Long's 
home, publishes the following notice, signed 
by the mayor, the prominent business men, 
and the ministers of that city, which com- 
pletely refutes the falsehood so generally cir- 
culated : 

"Whereas, groundless rumors of drinking and 
gambling have been circulated, affecting the good name of 
Mason Long, we, citizens of Fort Wayne, and for many 
years acquainted with Mr. Long, deem it our duty to tes- 
tify against such slanders. We cheerfully bear witness, 
that Mr. Long, since abandoning his former course of life, 
now more than eight years, has been an upright man, a 
constant Christian, and, as we believe, an efficient work- 
er in the cause of morality and reform. His character 
stands without reproach and above suspicion among those 
who know him." 



Neal Dow, the great temperance advocate 

of Maine, says: 

" We save at least twelve millions annually as the re- 
sult of prohibition, and indirectly as much more, result- 
ing in making Maine one of the most prosperous States in 
the Union, while in the old rum time it was the poorest, 
our people spending in strong drink the value of our 
property of every kind, in every period of less than twen- 
ty years, as the people of the Union are now doing in ev- 
ery period of less than thirty-five years. The Maine law 
is no ' failure,' but a great success." 

There are some people who take pleasure 
in speaking of the failure of prohibition, but 
statements like the above cannot be contro- 
verted. Another fact, conclusively settled by 
statistics, is, that, whilst the United States is 
paying annually a liquor bill of $800,000,000, 
of which Maine's pro rata share would be 
over 812,000,000, she is only paying out for 
intoxicants about $500,000, thus showing that 
Maine does not drink her " quota of liquor." 
Of course, there are violations of this law as 
there are of all laws, but these statistics 
prove beyond a doubt that prohibition does 
prohibit. 



Late news from the meetings at'Belleville, 
Kan., show that the Lord is working with 
the church at that place. On Sunday, Dec. 
20, five were received by baptism, and oth- 
ers are almost persuaded. 



A postal card from brother S. B. Shirky, 
Norborne, Mo., tells how the Lord blessed 
the labors of our dear brother S. S. Mohler, 
for the church at that place. Twenty- one 
have come out on the Lord's side, and others 
are lingering on the borders of Zion. 



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ing in progress twelve days. The immediate 
results of those efforts were nine applicants 
for baptism, and one to be reclaimed. May 
the grace of God and the penetrating power 
of God's Holy Spirit ever be with those, 
whose province it is to guide into all 
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THE CATHOLICS ON FEET- WASHING. 



Notwithstanding the fact that our Divine 
Master plainly commanded his disciples to 
wash feet, yet there are found many people 
who assume to themselves the prerogative of 
setting aside the example and command of 
Jesus. In order to do this, they seek for va- 
rious excuses and reasons why they should 
not obey this plain command of the Savior. 
Some of the reasons given are so flimsy that 
it seems almost incredible that honest men 
would use them. Of this character is the one 
given in a recent number of a religious jour- 
nal, in which it is held that because only a 
few minor sects observe feet-washing, there-, 
fore it is not to be practiced. The fact is 
that even this trifling excuse for not obeying 
the Lord's command is based upon a false 
statement. 

The Roman Catholic Church, with a mem- 
bership of about 190,000,000, observes in its 
way this command of Jesus, and is to be 
commended for it. Below we give an inter- 
esting extract from a letter received in reply 



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to inquiries addressed to the President of the 
University of NotieDame, a Catholic school, 
in regard to their practice of feet- washing. 
The writer says: 

"The literal imitation of this, our Savior's act, 
has always been observed In the church. At the 
commencement it was almost a daily practice. St. 
Paul, when mentioning the qualities which should 
adorn the Christian widow, includes that of 'wash- 
ing the feet of the saints;' 1 Tim. 5: 10, that is, of 
the faithful. We find this act of humble charity 
in the ages of persecution, and even later. The 
'Acts of the Saints' of the first six centuries, and 
the Homilies and writings of the Holy Fathers are 
filled with allusions to it. Afterwards, charity 
grew cold, and this particular way of exercising it 
was confined almost exclusively to Monasteries. — 
Still, from time to time it was practiced elsewhere. 
The church, with that spirit which makes her 
treasure up every recommendation of her Divine 
Lord, has introduced this act of humility into her 
Liturgy, and it is on Maundy-Thursday, the day be- 
fore Good Friday, that she puts the great lesson be- 
fore her children. In every church of any impor- 
tance, the Prelate, or Superior, honors our Savior's 
condescension by the ceremony called 'The Wash- 
ing of the Feet.' The Bishops throughout the 
world follow the example set them by the Sover- 
eign Pontiff, who performs this ceremony in the 
Vatican at Rome. * * * The twelve apostles 
are represented by twelve poor, who, according to 
the most general practice, are chosen for the cere- 
mony. After a deacon has chanted the Gospel of 
the Mass of Maundy-Thursday, which is the 13th 
chapter of St. John, as far as verse 15th included, 
the celebrant then takes off the mantle, girds him- 
self with a towel, and, kneeling down, begins to 
wash the feet of those who have been chosen." 



IMMERSION. 



The Christian Evangelist, a Disciple paper, 
and, by the way, one of the best papers pub- 
lished by that church, uses the following lan- 
guage in defense of immersion: "The Greek 
church, embracing seventy millions of people, 
all of whom speak the Greek language, has 
continued to immerse from the time of the 
apostles," and further says, "The Greeks 
ought to understand their own tongue." 

Now we submit to our worthy cotemporary 
whether the practice of the Greek church in 
regard to the rite of baptism does hot prove 
a little too much for him. We say, too, that 
the Greeks ought to understand their own 
language. The New Testament manuscripts 
were all written in Greek, and the Greeks, no 
doubt, fully understand the language of the 
great commission given by Christ to his dis- 
ciples, "Go ye, therefore, and teach all na- 
tions, baptizing them in the name of the 
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy 
Ghost." What is the practice of the Greek 
church? We quote from Dr. SchafPs Church 
History, volume 1, page 468: "The Oriental 
and the Orthodox Eussian churches require 
even a threefold immersion, in the name of 
the Trinity, and deny the validity of any oth- 
er. They look down on the Pope of Rome 
as an unbaptized heretic, and would not rec- 
ognize the single immersion of the Baptists." 
They thus define baptism in their Catechism. 
"A sacrament in which a man who believes, 
having his body thrice plunged in water in 
the name of God, the Father, — the Son, and 



the Holy Ghost, dies to the carnal life of sin, 
and is born again of the Holy Ghost to a life 
spiritual and holy." 

Will the editor of the Evangelist give the 
practice of the Greek church in full to his 
readers? Or, does he fear the whole truth? 
In addition to the practices of the Greek 
church, we submit the following testimony, 
quoted by the same author, from Marriott 
(in Smith and Chatham, I, 161), "Triple 
immersion, that is thrice dipping the head 
while standing in the water, was the all but 
universal rule in early times." Surely, the 
practice of the Greek church, and the facts 
given by reliable historians, prove too much 
for our single immersion friends. 



OUR BOOK ON TRINE IMMERSION. 



We now announce to our brethren that our 
work on Trine Immersion is going through 
the press, and will be ready to send out in 
a few weeks. There has been an unavoidable 
delay on account of a press of business in 
our office. We are sorry for the delay, but 
we could not help it. 

The book will contain nearly four hundred 
pages, and will be printed on good paper, 
and will be neatly and substantially bound in 
cloth, and sold for $1.50, postage prepaid. 

Orders are now solicited, and they will be 
filled in the order in which they are received, 
ajid as soon as the work is ready, which will 
be in a few weeks. Orders should be sent to 
the Brethren's Publishing Co., and they can 
be sent to either Huntingdon, Pa., or Mt. 
Morris, 111. We want the book circulated as 
much as possible, and we hope to be able to 
make satisfactory arrangements with agents 
to sell it. 

The following table of contents, will 
give some idea of the work: 

Chapter I, The Baptismal Formula of the 
Church; Chapter II, The Correct Render- 
ing of the Baptismal Formula; Chapter III, 
Principles of Interpretation; Chapter IV, 
What have we in the Baptismal Formula; 
Chapter V, The Import of Name in the 
Baptismal Formula; Chapter VI, The Prac- 
tical Import of the Baptismal Formula; 
Chapter VII, The Introduction of Single 
Immersion into the Church; Chapter VIII, 
The Elliptical and the Full Form of the Bap- 
tismal Formula; Chapter IX, An Applica- 
tion of the Principles contained in the Bap- 
tismal Formula; Chapter X, A Common 
Error Refuted; Chapter XI, Trine Immer- 
sion in its Historical Aspect; Chapter XII, 
The Testimony of Reformers, Theologians, 
and Literary Men in favor of Trine Immer- 
sion; Chapter XIII, The Churches that 
Have Practiced Trine Immersion; Chapter 
XIV, Objections to Trine Immersion An- 
swered; Chapter XV, Trine Immersion an 
Important Support to Immersion; Chapter 
XVI, The Posture of the Body in Baptism; 
Chapter XVII, A Review of Dr. Forney; 
Chapter XVIII, A Review of Dr. Cathcart; 
Chapter XIX, A Review of Mr. F. M. Bow- 
man; Chapter XX, The Conclusion. 

J. OjUINTER. 



SOME THOUGHTS ON THE GROWTH 

OP THE SOUL, IN PURITY, 

KNOWLEDGE, AND 

JOY. 



"Were men to live coeval with the Sun, 
The patriarch pupil would be learning still, 
Yet, dying, leave his lesson half unlearned." 

We like the above sentiment of Dr. Young, 
author of the Night Thoughts, and we like the 
manner in which the truth is expressed. The 
thought is beautiful, and it is beautifully ex- 
pressed. The idea of a patriarch pupil is a 
pretty one, and a very true one. Though we 
should attain unto the age of the oldest pa- 
triarch, if we would love study, and have 
formed the habit of study, we should be a 
pupil still, for every student feels that he has 
learned but a tithe of what is to be learned. 

We remember very distinctly that in the 
days of our boyhood, and school life, when 
we would get a new idea from our reading or 
study, we rejoiced in the acquisition we made, 
though that acquisition consisted in a single 
idea, and that idea, too, a very ordinary one. 
We presume that our own experience is that 
of all students who love study, and pursue it 
to gain true knowledge. And we confess that 
such is our experience in our present advanc- 
ed age of life. Our present studies are main- 
ly to obtain Christian truth from the Bible, 
and whatever other sources we find can yield 
it, and to know how we can best use it for our 
own benefit, and for that of others. 

And in our study of the Scripture, when a 
difficult text has yielded to our efforts to ob- 
tain an understanding of it, or when a plain 
text has suggested a new thought upon read- 
ing it, the effects of such knowledge is excel- 
lent, and pleasant, for such knowledge is 
spiritual food, designed to develop the divine 
life in the soul and character of the Chris- 
tian. 

If divine ideas are thus received and appro- 
priated, and thus become assimilated to our 
divine nature, which we have received in our 
new and heavenly birth, and thus produce a 
growth of that nature, — this is buildiug our- 
selves up on our most holy faith, as we are 
admonished by the apostle Jude to do. 

And the height to which we shall rise in 
the great future, in our divine manhood, will 
depend upon the addition or accretion of the 
new ideas of God, and of his creation, re- 
demption, and providence. And if there is 
so much to learn in the school of God, or if 
he has so much to teach us of himself, and of 
his going forth to create and destroy, to re- 
deem and condemn, that we can continue our 
studies, and be pupils when we are patri- 
archs, and when death causes a cessation of 
our labors and studies, we shall leave the les- 
son half unlearned. How great must be the 
acquisition of knowledge that a renewed 
mind can make! 

For death will only be a cessation of study. 
When the renewed mind and pure spirit 
have freed themselves from this "vile body," 



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and have taken upon them a glorious body, 
their studies will be renewed, under circum- 
stances promotive of a more rapid advance- 
ment and improvement. And it is highly 
probable that "the spirits of just men made 
perfect," in their disembodied state, will be 
pupils still. 

In regard to the magnitude of the field that 
will furnish subjects for study, we may say 
that it is boundless. The amount of unwrit- 
ten revelation left by the great Christian 
teacher, that justified one of his biographers 
to say, "And there are also many other things 
which Jesus did, the which, if they should be 
written every one, I suppose that even the 
world itself could not contain the books that 
should be written," gives us some faint idea of 
what he spake, though we shall make due al- 
lowance for the figurative character of the 
expression. And if we consider the unwrit- 
ten revelation delivered by our Lord, and 
add to this the amount of unwritten revelation 
left by all other living teachers in the school 
of God, what an amount of new revelation will 
there be to learn! 

And the "seven thunders" uttered their 
voices, but the revelator was directed to "seal 
up those things which the seven thunders 
uttered, and write them not." These revela- 
tions were to be kept secret. Bat no doubt 
what the seven thunders spake, will be re- 
vealed hereafter. "Secret things belong un- 
to the Lord our God." No doubt much that 
is now secret and mysterious, will hereafter 
be revealed and made plain. Hence the 
amount of material that will furnish matter 
for study hereafter is immense. 

And while death, sin, and ignorance, con- 
tract and wither the soul, life, purity, and 
knowledge, expand it. If then every addi- 
tional idea of God, his works, his government, 
and of all that pertains to his glorious and 
various manifestations, rightly appropriated, 
becomes an accretion to the growth of the 
bouI, and a new source of spirit joy, what must 
the future of the true disciples or learners of 
Jesus be! No language can describe it, and 
no human mind at present can conceive of it. 
It will be grand and glorious! And let this 
prospect of the future of the disciples of 
Christ, be an incentive to them, to be hum- 
ble and faithful students in his school. 

J. Q. 

I~ i>?S^A Ju S. 
TEMPERANCE. 



BY S. T. BOS.HERMAN. 



There is perhaps no greater question be- 
fore the people to-day than this, "What shall 
be done with the liquor traflic?" It agitates 
the public mind; it is discussed by statesmen; 
preached about from the pulpit; talked of in 
the neighborhood and social circles; and 
while the world sits as jurors, no verdict has 
yet been rendered and brought into effect. 



There are but two sides to the question, either 
for or against it. "Touch not, taste not, 
handle not," on one side or, "I will engage" 
on the other. Indulge, or let the vile stuff 
alone! But while there are but two sides to 
the liquor question in fact, there is an at- 
tempt for another, and were it not for this 
vast army of "straddlers," who want to favor 
both sides of the question, the fate of the 
traffic would sooner be sealed. 

There seems to be a natural aptitude in 
man to seek for gain and popularity. The 
statesman holds his position by the wish and 
will of the people. The politician caters to 
the wishes of the temperance element with a 
speech bordering prohibition; but while 
among the brewers and distillers he would 
legalize the tariff by license or taxation. The 
minister often plays the part of "dumb dog" 
on the issued fearing a shortage in his rations 
from the parishioners. The merchant and 
manager of public affairs fear a depression 
in trade and they, too, though temperate them- 
selves, do not lift up a warning voice against 
this destructive evil of the liquor traffic. 
Those persons just named may not indulge 
in strong drink nor in the more harmless be- 
verages themselves; but, for the reasons al- 
ready assigned, are poor workers in the great 
reform in rescuing the perishing from a 
drunkard's grave. Then we have another 
class of workers, equally poor, and worse, 
which is the moderate drinker, who comes up 
masticating the words of inspiration, "Be tem- 
perate in all things" and therefore claims 
Biblical right in moderate indulgence and, 
though with good sterling qualities otherwise, 
yet with this kind of a milk and water policy 
endeavors to please all. Then, again 
there is a large class of people who have an 
aptitude for stimulants next to natural ap- 
petite, made so by their method of living. 
Their experience, which they claim next to 
infallibility, is such, proving the correctness 
of their habits, that nothing but that which 
is highly stimulating will add to their com- 
fort and continuance of life, hence the rum- 
shop is their resort and they claim justification 
in the act. The classes of people named in this 
article are hard to conquer, and to keep under 
restraint would seem to require the severest 
exercise of civil power. 

History but repeats itself. After nations, 
by the most sanguinary law have risen to the 
highest state of civilization and refinement, 
they fall back again to debauchery and ruin, 
mainly by excesses in intoxicants. While this 
state of affairs is deplorable, while individu- 
als become slaves to rum, families are ruined, 
the peace of the neighborhood disturbed, 
and universal depravity the outgrowth of this 
nefarious traffic, what is the remedy for this 
evil? What position should the State as- 
sume? What attitude the Church? 

This great Babylon must be taken, must 
be destroyed. One desires local option and 
kill it by inches, another legalizing it by tax- 
ation and strangle it to death in that way, an- 
other complacently folds his arms and says, 
"Let it alone and it will die a natural death." 
Restraining influences are growing stronger. 
Publio opinion regards the traffic with dis- 



favor and by this many are thrown in "nar- 
rower limits of indulgence" snd in time may 
overcome the habit of its use. "Diffusion of 
knowledge which leads to self-restraint" in the 
indulgences of intoxicants is on the increase 
and may be the surest means to reclaim men 
from this universal sin. Such should be one 
of the grand principles of the church in diffus- 
ing that knowledge. Such principles should 
be fundamental in church work — a founda- 
tion stone upon which the structure rests. 
It is with a considerable degree of satisfac- 
tion and pleasure that we look back at the his- 
tory of the church of our choice (the Brethren 
orTunker) in the attitude she has always as- 
sumed in this work. Her restraining influence 
has ever been truly prohibitory, acting under 
the influence of divine truth and accepting 
its teachings, weaving them firmly in church 
dicipline to the exclusion of its members, who 
persist in the use of ardent spirits as a bever- 
age. Hence her record is prohibitory, "touch 
not, taste not, handle not," and she stands to- 
day as one of the oldest temperance societies 
of the States. 

As early in the history of the church as 
1778 when distillation of ardent spirits was 
common among all classes of men, the Breth- 
ren adopted prohibitory measures, Bible 
measures, effecting a moral restraint to the 
casting out of all distilleries, and in a few 
years from that time onward, as a church we 
stand purely on temperance principles, with- 
out a distillery, brewery or liquor vender 
among us. 

Christianity to-day, based upon the Bible 
can take no other position. She, to be true 
to Christ, must stand aloof from any measure 
that would sanction the sin of intemperance. 
She must adopt measures that are redemptive; 
that will reform and build up. She should 
lend a hearty co-operation in any measure 
taken to restrain the flood of intemperance, 
in which no gospel principle is compromised. 

Are we sick? — faith would lead us to ask 
God for health; but in so doing, are we ready 
to use the means provided for the restoration 
of health ? 

God has promised us food — to give us our 
daily bread ; but does this exempt us from 
sowing and reaping? The prayer offered 
does not exclude the means to be used. 
Faith does not exclude works. Hence to res- 
cue the perishing, the church cannot lie at 
ease and be still. Her minister cannot pro- 
claim the whole counsel of God and fail to 
sound the alarm against the rum traffic. 

Temperance people all over the land have 
been praying for deliverance from this most 
gigantic curse. They see in its track, crimes 
most horrid, vice unrestrained, wickedness 
with uplifted hand, felling the innocent on 
every side, and the earnest groanings and 
pitying sighs of the widows and orphans are 
heard with the wailing crie3 of distress and 
poverty from thousands of homes. It is time 
to step forward, uniting voice and strength, 
prayer and means, to meet the enemy, King 
Alcohol. If the lever is placed in our hands, 
why not use it? Our time, our means, our 
voice, our prayers, and our faith, are essen- 
tial equipments in the work, and in the might 



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11 



of Israel's God we should go forth, using our 
influence upon the side of sobriety and com- 
fortable homes, good health, good clothes, 
and elevated and refined society. 

Alcoholic Babylon is reaching gigantic 
proportions, a city whose streets and avenues 
extend from sea to sea. Could we but have a 
Cyrus, whose engineering skill could devise, 
and whose influence could call to his assist- 
ance sufficient force to turn the course of the 
river, Hum, that the city might be entered 
and finally captured! Such strength is at- 
tainable by the workers in the cause. The 
plans are laid down in the Volume of Divine 
Truth. And if each person would resolve 
himself into a committee of one and "touch 
not, taste not, handle not," the fate of the 
traffic would be sealed. Could the one who 
indulges, fully realize that "drunkards 
shall not inherit the kingdom of God," 1 
Cor. 6: 10, and the vender realize the etern- 
al firo-consuming woe that is pronounced up- 
on him for giving his neighbor drink, Hab. 2: 
12, then would the sale of the vile stuff 
cease and the blessings of peace and prosper- 
ity would crown the homes all over the land. 

I am glad the States are measuring their 
strength for better prohibitory laws, looking 
for a way out of the gulf into which they 
are plunged. I am glad the good people 
everywhere are organizing an effectual means 
against this evil, and that Christian organiza- 
tions are using more stringent measures in 
expunging this soul-ruining curse from their 
respective societies. And while the Brethren 
have ever taken a gospel stand against the 
rum traffic, I am pleased to know that a 
more special effort is made in preaching from 
the pulpit against intemperance and that we 
stand upon record as a temperance-loving and 
gospel-abiding people. 

Let us ever exert such an influence upon 
the right side of this great question as will 
teach those around us the benefits and bless- 
ings of truth and sobriety and hold up the 
evils of rum, its disgracefulness, its ruinous 
effects upon the souls and bodies of men, that 
our means, time, talent, prayer, and labor 
may assist in speedily bringing freedom and 
liberty to the millions now bound by the 
clanking chains of intemperance. 

Dunkirk, Ohio, Nov. 2, 1885. 



LET US HAVE PEACE. 



BY B. F. MOOMAW. 



Peace is put first for reconciliation to God 
by the blood of Christ, Col. 1:20. Second, 
quiet and comfort in the conscience, Bom. 14: 
17, which is the gift of Christ, John 14: 17, 
and a fruit of the Spirit, Gal. 5: 22. Third, 
Christian harmony and concord. Fourth, the 
tranquillity of the church, Pa. 122 : 6, A 
quiet life, 1 Tim. 2: 29. Fifth, perfect joy 
and rest in Heaven, Isaiah 57 : 2. The pow- 
er that passeth all understanding, Phil. 4: 7. 
And to this may be added the universal peace 
to be enjoyed by the meek during their reign 
with Christ on earth, one thousand years, Ps. 
37: 11, the glorious consummation of the ob- 
ject of his advent into this world as enunciat- 



ed by the heavenly hosts, praising God 
and saying,"Glory to God in the highest, and 
on earth peace and good will toward men." 
Luke 2: 14. 

THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST. 

In connection with a kingdom, the thought 
of a King is implied. Jesus Christ is pro- 
phesied of as the prospective sovereign of 
this kingdom, "Yet have I set my king up- 
on my Holy Hill of Zion. I will declare the 
decree: the Lord said unto me, Thou art my 
Son ; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of 
me and I shall give thee the heathen 
for thine inheritance and the uttermost parts 
of the earth for thy possession." Ps. 2, G: 8. 
Christ acknowledges that he is a king, John 
18: 37; and so was he entitled by the writing 
upon the cross. John 19: 19. 

THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE KING. 

We learn from the Scriptures that he is a 
Prophet, a Priest, and a King. Of his prophe- 
tic character we do not propose to speak, as 
that does not come within scope of the object 
of this essay, it being designed to represent 
him as the Prince of Peace, a priest after 
the order of Melchisedec, who was King of 
Salem, which is King of Peace, Heb. 7:1, 2. 
"Unto us a Child is born, unto us a son is 
given, and the government shall be upon his 
shoulders, and his name shall be called won- 
derful, counselor, the mighty God, the ever- 
lasting Father, the Prince of Peace, of the 
increase of his government and peace, there 
shall be no end, upon the throne of David 
and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to es- 
tablish it with judgment and with justice, 
from henceforth even forever; the zeal of the 
Lord of Hosts will perform this." Isaiah 9: 
6,7. 

OF THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST. 

We speak of it as a peaceable Kingdom, 
differing from the kingdoms of this world 
which are continually, more or less, engaged 
in cruel wars, destroying men's lives by thou- 
sands, and millions, and treasures beyond 
computation. The number slain is estimated 
at 2,333,333 annually; 194,444, monthly; 6,481, 
daily; 179, every hour; 4|, every minute. 
"Shall the sword devour forever?" Not if 
God's word be true! Let Christians come up 
to the help of the Lord against the mighty, — 
"the Messenger of Peace." 

To subvert this sad state of things, Jesus 
Christ established his kingdom most glori- 
ous, with the motto, "Peace on earth, and 
good will to men, confirmed with the decla- 
ration that his kingdom is not of this world, 
therefore not a fighting kingdom, which he 
exemplified in his teachings, thus, "If a man 
smite thee upon the right cheek, turn the 
other also." And whbn his disciples would 
have revenged an indignity offered him and 
them by the citizens of a Samaritan village, 
by commanding fire to come down from 
Heaven and consume them, as Elias did, 
he turned and rebuked them and said, "Ye 
know not what manner of spirit ye are of, for 
the Son of Man is not come to destroy men's 
lives; but to save them." Luke 9: 54, 5(>. 
Also in his trial aud death, — while he could 
have asked, and his Father would have given 



him more than twelve legions of angels, to 
have protected him, "he suffered himself to 
be bruised for our transgressions and wound- 
ed for our iniquities, led as a lamb to the 
slaughter, and a sheep before the shearer 
and opened not his mouth." And when Peter 
would have defended him with the sword, 
he quickly commanded him to put it up, 
and turned to the suffering servant and heal- 
ed the wound. 

He made his grave with the wicked and 
with the rich in his death, because he 
had done no violence, neither was any deceit 
found in his mouth. 

THE INSPIRATION OF THE APOSTLES. 

"There is a spirit in man and the inspiration 
of the Almighty giveth him understanding." 
Job 32: 8. Thus the Apostles, being brought 
under the influence of the spirit of their 
Master, were enabled to forego the pleasures 
of the world, and to suffer for his name, so 
that suffering with him they might also be 
glorified together, to be with him, and see 
the glory that he had with the Father before 
the world was. With the prospect of this 
happy end, they were willing to be accounted 
fools for Christ's sake, to endure hunger and 
thirst; nakedness and buffeting; and being 
reviled, says Paul, "We bless, being persecut- 
ed, we suffer it; being defamed, we entreat," ' 
and gives the following instruction to us: 
"Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves; but 
rather give place unto wrath, for it is written, 
Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the 
Lord." "Therefore if thine enemy hunger, 
feed him, if he thirst, give him drink, for in 
so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his 
head." Be not overcome of evil, but over- 
come evil with good." Kom. 12: 19, 21. 
We cannot fail to discover from what is 
said above, what kind of a spirit Christ and 
the Apostles had, doubtless a meek and quiet 
spirit which is, in the sight of God of great 
price, certainly not a war spirit. 

THE SAME NEEDFUL FOR US. 

"For except ye have the spirit of Christ, ye 
are none of his." 

"For yet a little while and the wicked shall 
not be, yea thou shalt diligently consider his 
place, and it shall not be." 

"But the meek shall inherit the earth; and 
delight themselves with the abundance of 
peace." Ps. 37: 10, 11. "Blessed are the meek 
for they shall inherit the earth." Then will 
be fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, 11 : 6, 9. 
"The wolf shall drink with the lamb, and 
the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and 
calf, and the young lion, aud the fatling to- 
gether, and a little child shall lead them, aud 
the cow and the bear shall feed; their young 
ones shall lie down together, and the lion 
shall eat straw like the ox, and the suckling 
child shall play upon the hole of the asp, and 
the weaned child shall put his hand on the 
cockatrice' den." "They shall not hurt nor 
destroy in all my holy mountain, saith tho 
Lord, for the earth shall be full of the knowl- 
edge of the Lord as the waters cover the 
sea." 

"And our Lord will judge among nations, 
and shall rebuke many people, and they shall 
beat their swords into plowshares and their 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



epeai'3 into pruning hooks; nation shall not 
lift up sword against nation, neither shall 
they learn war any more." Isa. 2: 4. 

We understand that these prophecies refer 
to the millennium, and that then the spirit of 
Christ will reign universally, and that peace 
will prevail accordingly from sea to sea, and 
from the river to the end of the earth, wher- 
ever intelligent beings are found, and to the 
extent of the spirit of Christ, so far the prin- 
ciples of peace prevail, whether great or less. 
Then we conclude from these premises, that 
if the spirit of Christ prevails throughout all 
Asia, Africa, Europe, and America, so far 
the reign of peace would be established, and 
upon the same hypothesis, if the Spirit of 
Christ prevailed in either of these countries, 
the reign of peace would extend so far 
and if the spirit of Christ governed one of 
the many churches professing the Christian 
leligion, might we not recognize that his king- 
dom is in course of construction, and expect 
to find in it the reign of peace? To pursue 
the same idea, if one congregation possess- 
ed the spirit of Christ fully, there would be 
found the great principle of love and peace, 
and if one individual has the kingdom of 
Christ within him, as declared by Christ, 
Luke 17: 21, and has become this "temple 
of God," and the temple is holy, as 
God hath said, I will walk in them, 
and dwell in them, the reign of peace is here 
introduced. 

Since, then, the kingdom of Christ is in- 
tended to destroy the reign of the adversary 
with its influence upon the heart, as exhibit- 
ed in the conduct of men in the preter- 
natural state, imbibed in the fall, the legiti- 
mate fruits of which are wrath, strife, sedi- 
tions, fightings, and warrings, may we study 
the subject thoroughly, and be guided 
into the truth — have the reign of peace fully 
established within us, follow peace and pur- 
sue it, for "without peace and holiness of 
heart, no man shall see the Lord," for all his 
ways are the ways of pleasantness, and all 
his paths are peace. Prov. 3: 17. "And when 
Christ who is our peace, and the friend and 
patron of peace, 'shall come to make up his 
jewels,' and in his power and great glory 
shall destroy the last remains of sin, renovate 
this sin-cursed earth, and bring it back to its 
primitive state, its inhabitants composed of 
risen eaints, and those who are changed and 
glorified, we shall then be prepared to enjoy 
with them the glorious consummation, the 
will of God, 'done on earth ns it is in Heav- 
en. 

"The word which God sent unto the 
children of Israel, preaching peace by 
Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all) and has seen 
of the travail of his soul and is satisfied." 



DIVINITY OF CHRIST, 



BY E. A. ORP.. 



"What think yo of Christ? Whose Son is he?" 
This question, asked eighteen centuries 
ago, has lost none of its interest or import- 
ance by age. Christ is the "Author and Fin- 
isher of our faith," and it must partake of his 
character. If he is divine, our holy religion 



possesses like character. If he is human on- 
ly, then is "your faith vain," and "we are of 
all men most miserable." If he is only hu- 
man, our religion must stand on a par with 
the great religions of the world. If it is better 
and greater than Mohammedanism, it is be- 
cause Christ is better and greater than Mo- 
hammed, and the difference is only that be- 
tween two human institutions. Let this idea 
become universal, and Christianity will lose 
its hold on the minds and hearts of humanity. 
We must believe that the difference between 
Christianity and all other religions, is not 
a difference of human institutions, but 
that it is a difference between human and di- 
vine institutions. The one is as far above 
the other, as the Eternal God is above Joe 
Smith. 

So it still behooves the church to maintain 
its divine origin, by maintaining the divinity 
of its Author. While we believe Jesus, the 
Christ, to be human ; and so far as he is hu- 
man, that he is possessed of "like passions as 
we, ourselves," we must for the following rea- 
sons, which we compile and condense, believe 
him to be divine as well. 

I. The Bible gives Christ the proper names 
of Deity: Isa. 9: 6; John 1:1; Heb. 8: 8. In- 
spiration knows best the character, and since 
it has given him names that can only be ap- 
plied to Deity, we must conclude that he is 
Deity. 

II. The Scriptures ascribe to him the ex- 
clusive powers and honors of the Deity. 

1. All acknowledge God to be the Creator 
of all things. Gen. 1: 1; Isa. 48: 12-13; Kom. 
11: 33-36. But in many other passages, the 
same powers are assigned to Christ. John 1: 
1-3; Eph. 3: 8-11; Col. 1: 16-17. 

2. God only is to be worshiped. Deut. 16: 
13; Matt. 4: 10, yet this honor is given to 
Christ, and that by divine command. John 
5: 22-23; Heb. 1: 6; Acts 7: 59-60; Philpp. 
2: 9-11. 

3. It is God's prerogative to pardon sins; 
none but Deity has this prerogative, yet 
Christ claimed and exercised this authority. 
Luke 5: 20-25. 

III. The three persons of the Trinity are 
often represented as co-ordinate agents in the 
work of creation and redemption. Gen. 1: 26; 
Matt. 28: 19; 2 Cor. 13: 14, etc. 

IV .The Scriptures often make Christ equal 
with the Father. John 5: 17-18; 10: 30-33; 
Philpp. 2: 5-8. 

These and many arguments are offered by 
the trinitarians in support of the full divinity 
of Christ. The fact is also demonstrable 
from reason, as well as from Scripture, but 
as we are talking to those who believe the 
Bible, we think these are numerous and 
strong enough to satisfy any honest mind. 
Others would not believe, though one "rose 
from the dead." But, kind reader, it is not 
enough to believe that Jesus is the Christ, 
the Son of God. We must confess him before 
men, and live in humble obedience to him. 
We must believe, and love, and serve, then 
the promises are ours. 



AKE CHRISTIANS ALLOWED TO 
SWEAR? 



BY S. Z. SHARP. 



Heaven must be in 
heaven. — Sla nford. 



me before I can be in 



"But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither 
by heaven, neither by earth, neither by any other oath; 
but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye 
fall into condemnation." — James 5: 12. 

"Again, ye have heard that it hath been'said of them 
of old time, thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalfc 
perform unto the Lord thine oaths. 

"But I say unto you, swear not at all; neither by 
heaven, for it is God's throne. " — Matt. 5: 33-34. 

The words of both James and our Lord, 
are addressed to the "brethren," and follow- 
ers of the Christ, and have no reference to the 
common swearing of the worldly people. All 
respectable people condemn that habit, and 
even the law of Moses which allowed the le- 
gal oath, did not countenance common pro- 
fanity. Our subject, then, is limited to the 
question, : "^l?*e Christians allowed to swear 
under any circumstances?" 

The Lord Jesus Christ, and the apostle 
James answer this question in a very em- 
phatic manner, and some comments on their 
answers, will be the substance of this article. 

We should first observe, however, that we 
have nothing to do with the oath sanctioned 
by the Mosaic dispensation, any more than 
with polygamy, and other practices allowed 
by Moses, but prohibited by Christ, as incom- 
patible with his spirit and doctrine. No one 
denies that God allowed a race that was ad- 
dicted to superstition and idolatry, to employ 
a civil oath. It allowed the same race to 
practice bigamy, and give divorces to satisfy 
the "hardness of their hearts." 

Before proceeding further with the discus- 
sion of this subject, we refer to the definition 
of the-term oath. 

Oath. 1. A careless or blasphemous use of 
the name of the Divine Being. 

2. A solemn declaration or affirmation with 
an appeal to God for the truth of what is af- 
firmed. — Webster. The latter kind of oath 
is closed with the words, "So help me God." 
The first definition refers to common swear- 
ing, the second to a legal oath. 

We shall now present the arguments of 
those in favor of legal oaths. 

1. It is claimed that inasmuch as the Lord 
sware by himself, and confirmed his promise 
unto Abraham with an oath, Gen. 22: 17 
therefore man may also swear. 

We reply that no act of God can be sin, 
however sinful the same act may be in man. 
God may take the lives of all the innocent 
people in the world, in a moment, and com- 
mit no sin, but to take the life of a single in- 
nocent human being wilfully, would be a 
crime. The fallacy of this argument lies in 
this, that men presume to make themselves 
equal with God, in taking an oath, but since 
man cannot take the prerogative which be- 
longs to God alone, this argument falls to the 
ground. 

2. It is claimed that swearing by the living 
God is sanctioned by the Jewish law. Deut. 
6: 13, 19 and 20. We answer that Christians 
are not under the Jewish law. "We are not 
under the law, but under grace." Bom. 16:14. 
The offering of sacrifices,. circumcision, keep- 
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certain night, were all sanctioned and com- 
manded in the Jewish law, but when Christ 
set up a kingdom for himself, and had fulfill- 
ed the law of Moses, he also abrogated that 
law, and the law that regulated oaths with the 
rest. Hence the Christians bave no longer 
anything to do with the Jewish law of oaths, 
than with their law of circumcision. 

3. It is argued that the Son of God was on 
trial before the high priest, and the latter 
adjured Christ to tell whether he was the Son 
of God, that Christ responded; hence it is 
claimed that Christ sanctioned the oath. 
Christ was then before a Jewish tribunal, 
governed by Jewish laws, which were in force 
until Christ died on the cross; so that if this 
adjuration was really an oath, it took place 
under an old law, the same as the circumcis- 
ion of Christ, which was also administered by 
Jewish ofiicers under the Jewish law, and 
none of these things concern Christianity. 
But was this really an oath? This term was 
employed by Joshua when he cursed those 
who would build up Jericho again. Joshua 
2: 26. It was used by a priest when a woman 
was on trial for incontinence, and if tested by 
the bitter water and found guilty, this word 
meant that a curse should fall upon her. 
Num. 5: 19. 

Tested by all the examples in the old Tes- 
tament, we find this adjuration by the high 
priest, had no resemblance either to the oath 
as administered to a witness by the Jews, or 
as administered by the courts now. This word 
occurs six times in the New Testament, and 
not in a single instance has it the form of a 
civil oatb, or of any other kind, but means to 
lay a burden upon, or to command. Mark 
9: 25; 1 Thess. 9: 27; 1 Tim. 1: 3; 5: 21, etc. 
As these instances are those quoted in favor 
of Christians taking the civil oath, we need 
not notice them any further, since they mean 
only to charge certain ones with a duty, as 
we deliver a charge to a minister, when we 
install him into office, or place a gift in the 
hands of a friend for his safe keeping. And 
when Paul says, "God is my record, etc.," 
Phil. 1: 8, it is no more an oath than if he 
had said something else was his record. 
Such arguments are too flimsy to Waste time 
any longer upon them, and to sweep them 
away at one stroke, we need only to say that 
not a single court of justice would recognize 
such expressions as an oath, nor would those 
who argue in their favor, regard them as 
such, when used at court. 

Since there can be no valid argument 
drawn from Scripture, in favor of Christians 
taking an oath, let us now see what the argu- 
ments are against Christians taking the oath: 

1. A Bimplo affirmation by a Christian is 
questioned by no one. It satisfies the law, 
it satisfies the hearers, it satisfies the gospel 
of Christ. There is no doubt on this point. 
On the other hand the oath is called in ques- 
tion. The language of the gospel is against 
it The very least that can be said in its 
favor is, that it is of doubtful expediency, 
and when there is acknowledged safety on 
the one hand, and doubt on the other, pru- 
dence would dictate that we pursue tho 
course that leaves no room for doubt. 



2. It is claimed that a Christian should in- 
variably tell the truth on every other occasion 
as much as when testifying in court, and 
when he takes the prescribed civil oath, he 
admits that there must be a reason for his 
doing so. He admits that in this instance his 
simple yea, yea, or nay, nay, would not an- 
swer, and thus he virtually lowers his char- 
acter for veracity. If taking an oath lowers 
a Christian's character, he should not take it. 
If a Christian cannot be trusted, or cannot 
tell the truth without taking an oath, it is a 
question whether he is a Christian. 

3. "We are governed by the command of 
Christ, not by the Jewish law. That law for- 
bade profanity, and allowed the civil oath, 
but the law of Christ expressly forbids what 
that lav/ allowed. Matt. 5: 33. 

4 The law against swearing is one of the 
strongest, clearest, and most peremptory to be 
found in the New Testament. Were anyone 
to ask the Son of God, as he now sits on the 
right hand of God, whether he might take 
an oath at civil court, or in taking an office, 
he would have no response from heaven ; but 
if he were to open his Bible, he would find 
the answer of the same Son of God recorded 
in Matt. 5: 34, "Swear not at all." But may 
I not swear at court? The same response, 
and the only one there is, answers again, 
"Swear not at all." 

When we have learned that we must not 
steal, nor kill, nor bear false witness, nor com- 
mit adultery, and mentioned all the other 
crimes in the whole catalogue, then James 5: 
12, says, "Above all things, my brethren, 
swear not, neither by heaven, nor by the 
eartb," and then to cast off every shadow of 
claim to swearing, he says, "nor by any other 

oath." 

^ » » 

NON-CONFORMITY. 



BY DANIEL HAYS. 



There is no conflict between the laws of 
God in nature and in revelation. The God 
of the Bible is the God of nature. The orbs 
of heaven are clothed in light. The earth is 
covered with a mantle of green. The gorgeous 
tints of flowery plants inclose not a clod. 
The order in nature has its correspondence 
in the laws of grace. God looks upon the 
heart, and the "ornament of a meek and qui- 
et spirit, is, in the sight of God, of great 
price." 

Over a century ago, a lover of nature 
wrote as follows, on the simplicity of dress: — 
"That a plain dress is the hest ornament of 
a beautiful woman, I had lately a moat con- 
vincing proof. The neatness of a daughter 
of that religious sect called Quakers, in one 
of the public walks, caught my eye. Never 
was innocence and elegance more sweetly 
portrayed. But when I had an opportunity 
of beholding her face, my astonishment and 
and delight were increased. Her complexion 
was lovely, her eyes sparkling, her teeth and 
lips were such as a Reynolds only can imag- 
ine, and her smile an emanation of divinity. I 
contemplated her person with a pleasure till 
then unknown, and should have pronounced 



her the most finished work of heaven, but 
that it occured to me, that many of my fair 
country-women appeared inferior to her, 
from only not being satisfied with what heav- 
en had made them, — tortured hair, a super- 
fluity of ribands, idle gems, etc, etc., were, 
though meant for so many additions, only so 
many disadvantages to them, by preventing 
the eye from judging rightly of their charms, 
or indeed, beholding them through the happi- 
est of all mediums, — the medium of simplic- 
ity. In short, I am convinced that some dei- 
ty, in his wrath, suffered them to be betray- 
ed into this dressing folly; from which I 
most heartily wish, 'some sensible mortal 
would endeavor to reclaim them." 

The Christian law of dress is too plain to 
be mistaken. The daughters of Zion incur- 
red the displeasure and curse of God, be- 
cause of their pride, jewels, ornaments, their 
changeable suits of apparel, etc., etc.,(Isa. 3). 
They were following the vain fashions and 
customs of the idolatrous nations around 
them. Paul steps to the front, as the mouth- 
piece of Jehovah, and says, "Be not conform- 
ed to this world, but be ye transformed by 
the renewing of your mind." Rom. 12. John de- 
fines the nature and spirit of the world as fol- 
lows: "For all that is in tho world, the lust 

OF THE FLESH, AND THE LUST OF THE EYES, AND 

the pride of life, is not of the Father, but 
is of the world." 1 John 2: 16. With the 
spirit of the world thus defined by holy men, 
who wrote by inspiration of God, it is only 
necessary to see the dress of some who pro- 
fess to be Christians, to know that they be- 
long to the world, and not to Christ. "By 
their fruits ye shall know them." What 
avails it to say, "If the heart is right, all is 
right," when our dress is in violation of the 
Law of God? We determine the character 
of the tree by the fruit it bears. The exter- 
nal manifestation is an index of the heart. 
Let the heart be right in the life of God, 
and the external will become right also. 

St. Peter and St. Paul have laid down the 
Christian law of dress as follows: — "Whose 
adorning, let it not be that outward adorning 
of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, 
or of putting on of apparel ; but let it be the 
hidden man of the heart, in that which is not 
corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and 
quiet spirit, which is, in the eight of God, of 
great price." 1 Pet. 3: 3 1. "In like manner, 
also, that women adorn themselves in modest 
apparel, with ehamefacedness and sobriety; 
not with broidered hair, or gold, or pearls, or 
costly array, but (which becometh women 
professing godliness) with good works." 
1 Tim. 2: 9 10. 

"Outward adorning" is then, by the Chris- 
tian law of dress, prohibited. That we may 
know what is meant by outward adorning, 
"plaiting the hair, wearing of gold, putting 
on of apparel, pearls, costly array," are spec- 
ified in detail. That which is required with 
equal emphasis, is "modest apparel," "good 
works," the adorniug of the "hidden man of 
the heart," "the ornament of a meek and qui- 
et spirit." The great principle underlying 
this law, is to adorn that which is incorrupt- 
ible, and not to pander to man's corrupt and 



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THE GOSPEL MESSEISTG-EH, 



depraved nature. It requires that our appar- 
el be plain, modest, and within easy reach of 
the poor. What does not conduce to our 
bodily health and comfort, should be regard- 
ed as inconsistent with the Christian religion. 
Let our dress so index our character, as to 
show that our hearts are set on heavenly 
things, and not on earthly things. 

Non-conformity embraces all that is im- 
plied by a separate life from the world. The 
world lieth in wickedness, and under the do- 
minion of the prince of darkness. Theatri- 
cal amusements, fairs, festivals, picnics, exhi- 
bitions, shows, and the like, are of the world; 
all of which the Scripture forbids as follows: 
"Love not the world, neither the things that 
are in the world. If any love the world, the 
love of the Father is not in him." John 2: 
15. Secret orders, of whatever grade, find no 
place in the Christian church. They belong 
to the world, while the stage, the dance, the 
the ball-room, the skating-rink, the social 
club, the drinking-saloon, etc., fall within the 
limits of the world, and "which all are to per- 
ish with the using." Indeed, so holy is the 
Christian life, and so separate is he to live 
from the world, that he is commanded to "ab- 
stain from all appearance of evil." "Be ye 
holy, for I am holy, saith the Lord." 

In 1 Cor. 11, the order is given, in which 
men and women are to appear before God in 
worship. "Every man praying or prophesy- 
ing, having his head covered, dishonoreth his 
head. But every woman that prayeth or 
prophesieth with her head uncovered, dis- 
honoreth her head; for that is even all one 
as if she were shaven. For if the woman be 
not covered, let her also be shorn; but if it 
be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shav- 
en, let her be covered. For a man indeed 
ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he 
is the image and glory of God." From the 
foregoing, the law is plainly this: — In relig- 
ious exercises, the man "ought not to cover 
his head;" while the woman should have her 
head covered. The duty of the woman is fur- 
ther enjoined in verse 10. "For this cause 
ought the woman to have power on her head, 
because of the augels." The covering (or 
veil) here named, is not a cover, or veil for 
the face, but a covering for the hair. Ter- 
tullian condemned the practice of some, in 
his day, of wearing a mere fillet, or band, in- 
stead of the hair covering of Paul's day. The 
plain, modest covering of our sisters, can be 
traced back through the non-resistant, and 
martyr people, and through Tertullian to 
the apostles. It is a perfect veil for the 
hair. The hair was "given the woman for a 
covering," as "a glory to her," but that "glo- 
ry" must be covered (veiled) "for the woman 
is the glory of the man," and "the head of the 
woman is the man." 

In violation of the gospel injunction that 
"a man indeed ought not to cover his head," 
a corrupt, worldly fashion has been introduc- 
ed by men, relatives of the deceased, keeping 
their hats on during all the services of sing- 
ing, prayer, and preaching at funerals. It 
betrays such indifference to the solemn ser- 
vices of God, that it has not a single feature 
to recommend it. No enlightened man would 



think of engaging in any religious devotion, 
at any other time or place, without removing 
his hat. Newton, the philosopher, would not 
utter the great name of God, without re- 
moving his hat. Common courtesy requires 
that men remove their hats in the presence 
of females. Shall we disregard the order of 
God in prayer, when we have the most need 
of his blessing? Surely not. May God keep 
us "unspotted from the world." 

SECRET SOCIETIES. 



BY D. E. PRICE. 

"These things I command you, that ye love one anoth- 
er. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me be- 
fore it hated you. If you were of the world, the world 
would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, 
but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the 
world hateth you." John 15: 17-19. 

"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, 
"Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of 
her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." Rev. 
18:4. 

Since it is a fact, that many professing the 
Christian name, and those occupying official 
positions in the popular churches, have unit- 
ed with the various secret societies, it be- 
comes a question whether it is consistent for 
those who profess to be followers of the meek 
and lowly Jesus, to unite with said organiza- 
tions; or whether God will recognize those 
as his children in the day of final account, 
who do. 

The church of the Brethren has always for- 
bidden any of its members joining such soci- 
eties ; and if they belong to any secret society 
when they apply for membership into the 
church, they must first withdraw their mem- 
bership from such society, before they can 
obtain membership in the church. This be- 
ing the practice of the Brethren church, we 
will try, by the help of God, to defend said 
practice. 

1. The gospel of Christ is declared to be a 
"perfect law," or "perfect law of liberty." 
See Psalms 19: 7; James 1: 25. Hence, if 
the law by which Christians are governed is 
perfect, they need no aid through human or- 
ganizations to improve, or complete their 
Christian character. 

Christianity embraces all the good that is 
to be found in any of them. Do they boast 
of their benevolence? It is confined to those 
of their own order; while the law of Christ 
says: "As we have therefore opportunity, let 
us do good unto all men, especially unto them 
who are of the household of faith." Gal. C: 
10. Therefore we, if we are Christians, are 
not allowed to confine our benevolence to 
those of our own order, but our sympathies 
must reach out after all; however we may 
give them the preference. 

Do they boast of temperance in regard to 
the use of intoxicating liquors? The gospel 
requires us to be "temperate in all things." 
1 Cor 9: 25. 

2. The apostle Paul says, 2 Cor. 6: 14-18, 
"Be not unequally yoked together with unbe- 
lievers; for what fellowship hath righteous- 
ness with unrighteousness; and what com- 
munion hath light with darkness; and what 
concord hath Christ with Belial; or what 



part hath he that believeth, with an infidel; 
and what agreement hath the temple of God 
with idols? For ye are the temple of the liv- 
ing God; as God hath said, I will dwell in 
them, and walk in them; and I will be their 
God, and they shall be my people. Where- 
fore come out from among them, and be ye 
separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the 
unclean thing; and I will receive you, and be 
a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons 
and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." 

There might be many more similar passag- 
es produced, but we have quoted the above 
in full, and will let it suffice. 

The apostle's language shows, that as little 
communion as light has with darkness, just 
so little fellowship hath he that believeth, 
with an unbeliever, or infidel. We all know, 
by common observation, that light and dark- 
ness cannot dwell together; but when light 
approaches, darkness must withdraw her cur- 
tains. 

In view of the above plain declaration of 
Scripture, how can we expect to be recognized 
as God's children, if we unite in fellowship, 
with Infidels, Atheists, and Mohammedans; 
for all such are admitted into at least some 
of the secret societies. 

3. It is wrong for Christians to unite with 
them, because they are generally oath-bound 
societies; and the gospel forbids the use of 
the oath. Hear the perfect Lawgiver on the 
subject: "Again ye have heard, that it hath 
been said by them of old time, Thou shaltnot 
forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the 
Lord thine oaths; but I say unto you, Swear 
not at all; neither by heaven, for it is God's 
throne; nor by the earth, for it is his foot- 
stool; neither by Jerusalem, for it is the city 
of the great king. Neither shalt thou swear 
by thy head, because thou canst not make one 
hair white or black. But let your communi- 
cation be yea, yea; nay, nay; for whatsoever is 
more than these, cometh of evil." Matt. 5: 
33-37. 

Again, "But above all things, my brethren, 
swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the 
earth, neither by any other oath; but let your 
yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall 
into condemnation." James 5: 12. 

4. It is contrary to the teachings of the 
gospel of Christ, for Christians to identify 
themselves with such societies, because some 
of them require the renouncing of the Chris- 
tian religion, whenever they enter the lodge. 
They address God the Father, in their relig- 
ious exercises, but are not allowed to use the 
name of his Son, Jesus Christ. Under such 
circumstances, how can they expect the Lord 
Jesus Christ to confess them before his heav- 
enly Father, or be recognized as God's chil- 
dren, when he positively declares, if they de- 
ny him, he will also deny them, before his 
Father in heaven? "Whosoever, therefore, 
shall confess me before men, him will I con- 
fess, also, before my Father which is in heav- 
en. But whosoever shall deny me before 
men, him will I also deny before my Father 
which is in heaven." Mark 10: 32-33. 

"Also I say unto you, whosoever shall con- 
fess me before men, him shall the Son of man 
also confess before the angels of God; but he 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



15 



that denieth me before men, shall be donied 
before the angels of God." Luke 12: 8-9. 

5. The followers of Christ should not unite 
with such societies, because of their secrecy. 
There is no secrecy in the Christian religion. 
When Jesus was questioned by the high 
priest concerning his doctrine, he replied as 
follows: "I spake openly to tho world; I ever 
taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, 
whither the Jews always resort; and in secret 
have I said nothing." John 18: 20. 

"Ye are the light of the world. A city 
that is set on a hill cannot be hid; neither 
do men light a candle, and put it under a 
bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth 
light to all that are in the house. Let your 
light so shine before men, that they may see 
your good works, and glorify your Father 
which is in heaven." Matt. 5: 14-16. "And he 
said unto them, Is a candle brought to be 
put under a bushel, or under a bed ; and hot 
to be set on a candlestick ? For there is noth- 
ing hid, which shall not be made manifest; 
neither was anything kept secret, but that it 
should come abroad." Mark 4: 21-22. 

"No man when he hath lighted a candle, 
putteth it in a secret place, neither under a 
bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which 
come in, may see the light." Luke 11: 33. See 
also Luke 8: 16-17. 

In consideration of the above facts and 
Scriptural declarations, we conclude that all 
secret societies are of human origin, and on- 
ly worldly organizations; and all the good 
they have they borrow from the Bible; and 
have much that the gospel of Christ forbids. 

Christianity as far exceeds all human or- 
ganizations, aB the sun outshines the moon; 
and as all the light of the moon is borrowed 
from the sun, so all the good or light they 
have, they borrow from the Son of Kighteous- 
ness. 

We do not propose to interfere with secret 
societies as long as they are confined to those 
who make no higher pretensions; as they may 
be of some advantage, financially and socially, 
to the man of the world; but invite them to 
come up higher, and travel on the "highway, 
the way of holiness," Isa. 35, and "Build up- 
on the foundation of the apostles and proph- 
ets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cor- 
ner-stone," Eph. 2: 20, which foundation is 
long enough, and broad enough to cover or 
eclipse all human or worldly organizations. 

Ml Morris, III. 

NOTES FROM OUR CORRESPONDENTS. 



"As cold wuter is to a thirsty soul, bo is nood uows from 
a far country. 



— Bro. M.M. Eshelman.of Belleville, Kan., 
under date of Dec. 13, '85, writes as follows: 
"Nov. 28, Bro. D. M. Miller, of Lanark, 111., 
began to help us in the Lord and preach- 
ed nightly until Dec. 3rd. On the 7th 
he began again and is still hard at work 
against the battlements of sin. To-day 
the writer had the pleasure of baptizing Wm. 
Gooch, Harvey Meyers, and Nat. Williams; 
and the church, and angels, and Jesus, and 
the Father are exceeding glad. We are pray- 
ing for more to yield to Jesus." 



— E. H. Stauffer, of Big Grove Church, 
Benton Co., Iowa, says: "On Dec. 6th, after 
preaching, a dear young sister was buried in 
baptism, and at present writing, Bro. Sam- 
uel Goughnour, of Des Moines Valley 
church, is with us, speaking good words un- 
to saint and sinner — one applicant at pre- 
sent." 

— Bro. D. B. Lehman of Marcus, Iowa, 
sends the following glad tidings: "Bro. G. 
W. Thomas came to us, Dec. 6th. He preach- 
ed the word with energy and power. The 
result of his work was, we are glad to say, 
that eight precious souls were turned from 
the error of their way and were brought into 
Christ's Kingdom by baptism on the 15th of 
Dec. The church was much revived and 
sinners made to see the errors of their ways." 

— Bro. G. A. Flory of the Poplar Bidge 
church, Ohio, says: "Kejoice with us, for an- 
gels do rejoice. At our quarterly council, 
Dec. 12th, one came back to the fold, — one 
who wandered away several years ago, and 
united with another denomination; in a short 
time afterward began preaching for them. 
He said, 'I came back to save my soul. 
My conscience has troubled me for some 
time, because I did not dare to speak on 
all portions of Scripture.' Is it not 
enough to cause grief and lamentations, 
when those professing godliness are asham- 
ed of a part of the Word, especially when 
our Savior has shown us the way?" 

— Bro. J. A. Weaver, of Monticello, Ind., 
writes the following: "We are now in the 
midst of a series of meetings, held at what is 
known as the Valley school-house, one of 
our points of preaching, meetings being 
carried on by the home ministry. Crowded 
house and excellent order. The majority of 
the people seems to be deeply impressed. 
Last night two young women came out on 
the Lord's side. Many more are almost 
ready. Meetings still to continue. Next 
Sunday, Dec. 20th, Bro. J. C. Murray of 
North Manchester, Ind., is expected to be 
here to help hold a series of meetings at 
Burnettsville." 

— Bro. I. A. B. Harshberger, of the An- 
tioch church, Bedford Co., Va., says: "Elder 
B. F. Moomaw came to us on Nov. 21st and 
preached eleven sermons, to the acceptance 
of both saint and sinner, and the immediate 
result was, eight precious souls were made 
willing to accept Christ as their Captain, 
and were baptized on Sunday, the 30th. Oth- 
ers were almost ready to go with us; but 
from some cause are waiting for a more 
convenient season. Truly, our brother 
did not shun to declare the whole couusel of 
God. On the 26th, Thanksgiving day, Bro. 
M. stirred up our minds, by putting 
us in remembrance of the great bless- 
ings we enjoy as ajnation, both spiritually 
and temporally. Among the number baptiz- 
ed was a youth of twelve summers and an old 
man of sixty years, who said to the lad's 
mother/You ought to object to his going 
into the church, he is too young.' When his 
mother told him what the old man had said, 
his answer was; 'Well he in old enough.' 



Another one who had been a member of the 
Baptist church for a number of years, and 
the wife of one of our ministers, caused 
much joy to us, when she came out and said: 
'I have been mistaken long enough.' The 
Church is much revived, and we trust the 
good seed will yet come forth to the glory of 
God. Paul may plant and Apollos water.but 
the increase must come from God. Come 
again, Bro. Moomaw. The harvest is 
great; but the laborers are few. Pray for us, 
Brethren." 

— Sister Harriet Buck writes from Pigeon 
Creek Church, 111.: "Bro. T. D. Lyon, of Hud- 
son, 111., was with us from the 16th until the 
23rd of Nov., preaching nine sermons with 
earnestness and power. He shunned not to 
declare the whole counsel of God to a large 
and attentive audience. Two precious souls 
(husband and wife) were willing to join with 
the people of God; and were buried in Christ 
by baptism, to walk in newness of life. We 
trust his labors among us may long be re- 
membered. Met again Nov. 26th and heard 
two very interesting discourses by Bro. C. >S. 
Holsinger, at which time another soul was 
made to feel the need of a Savior. We feel 
that our spiritual strength has been greatly 
renewed." 

—Bro. S. B. Shirky, Norborne, Mo., gives 
the following report of Bro. Mohler's visit to 
them. "Bro. S. S. Mohler commenced preach- 
ing here on the evening of the 30th of Nov., 
continued until the evening of the 8th of 
Dec. Preached, in all, eleven discourses up 
to the present time, and the Lord has added 
such to the church as should be saved, to the 
number of eighteen. Sixteen have been 
baptized and to-day one more is to be baptiz- 
ed, and one, that had strayed away from the 
fold, returned— making in all eighteen pre- 
cious souls. Many are yet near the kingdom, 
and counting the cost. Bro. Mohler is not 
ashamed to defend the self-denying princi- 
ples of Christ that are generally rejected by 
the so-called Christian world. Since writing 
the above, three more have come oat on the 
Lord's side." 

COBBESPONDENCE. 

"Write what thou seest— and send it unto the churches." 

From Dorrance, Kan. 



It is very seldom we see anything of the 
doings of the Brethren of this part of God's 
vineyard. We are moving along slowly, but 
surely. We are still increasing some in num- 
bers. Four were received this summer by 
baptism, and quite a number by letter. 
Dear Brethren, think of us when it goes well 
with you, and when there are five or six min- 
isters behind one table. When you meet for 
worship, we are out here on the frontier; no 
church west of us on this side of Longmont, 
Colorado, and many calls for preaching. 
"The harvest is plenteous; but the laborers 
iuv tew." Come out into this goodly land 
and help us and the Lord will bless you. 

J. New< omfi;. 
Nov, 30, 



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THE GOSPEL MESSBISTOiBK, 






.Notice. 

To the Officers and Members of tit* Mu- 
tual Aid anil Insurance Association, 
of the German Baptist Brethren, of 
the North- Eastern District of Kan- 
sas : — 
Yotr are hereby notified that our 
Annual Meeting of said Association 
will be held en the Second Tuesday of 
January, 1886, at Lawrence, Kansas, 
commencing at 9 A.M., Sharp. Breth- 
ren arriving on the cars will inquire 
for S. B. Katherman and Thomas G. 
Winey in the city. A full attend- 
ance is urged. 

P. J!. Wkkuitsmax, 
Pres. of Co. 
Emporia, Kan., Dec. 21, 1885. 



The Sunday-school Lessons. 



The Sunday-school Lessons for 1886, 
will be of more than ordinary interest. 
They will form the. closing instructions of 
a seven years' series, also the closing his- 
tory of both the Old and of the New Testa- 
ment. The first quarter of the year will 
begin at a period B. C. 640, and close 
with the last chapter of the Old Testa- 
ment. During this quarter will be dis- 
cussed some of the most interesting events 
recorded in the Bible, among which 
will be the fulfillment of important proph- 
ecies made from two to ten hundred years 
before. There is made to appear before 
the reader, the last effort to free Israel 
from idolatry, the destruction of Jerusa- 
lem and the temple service, the carrying- 
away of the Jews to Babylon, their sojourn 
in a strange land, and their final return 
by the mighty hand of God. In this 
grand panorama will be seen the sacking 
of Jerusalem was no less thrilling in its 
account, than the account given by Virgil 
of the sacking of Troy. In bold relief on 
the stage will also appear the forms of 
some of the greatest prophets and strong- 
est characters the Jewish nation ever pro- 
duced, — such as Josiah, Jeremiah, Dan. 
iel, Esther, Nehemiah, Ezra, and Mala- 
chi. There is also brought before us the 
fiery furnace, and the three Hebrews in 
it, — the prophecies of the coming Messiah, 
and of his forerunner John, and the con- 
necting link and introduction to the 
New Testament, from which the lessons 
will be taken for the remainder of the 
year. 

No one interested in Bible history, or 
the success of the Sunday-school among 
the Brethren, can afford to be without a 
copy of each number of the Quarterly 
for this year. Price, one copy, 10 cents; 
three copies, 25 cents; twenty copies, $1 00. 
Address, Brethren's Publishing Co., Mt. 
111., or Huntingdon, Pa. 

S. Z SiiAur. 

jIATRIMONIAl! 

HOFKMAN-SNYDEU.-At Mt. Morris, 
111 , on the 17t.h inst , by Lid. S. Z. 
Sharp, friend John W. Hoffman and sis- 
ter Su-an Snyder, both of Ogle Co., 111. 

BAENHBER— HILDEBBAND. — On 

the Bame day as the above, by Eld. S. 
'A. Sharp, at the residence of the bride's 
parents, friend Simon and sister Ann 
Ilildebrand, near Pine Creek, Ogle Co", 
111., Mr. Charles M. Barnhiaer to Mui 
Blanche B. Bildebrand. 
M I SI I LEB-CONN E L— At the residence 
Of tin* bride's parents, in Kosciusko Co., 
!nd.,by the undersigned, Dec, 18, I 

Daniel P. Mishler and Jennie M. Con- 
II. II. Bhallieh. 



HAGER— ANGLE— At the residence of 
the bride's parents, on Dec. 1, by the 
undersigned, Bio. David D. Hager and 
Mis; Mary A. Angle, both of Jefferson 
Co, 111. O.J. Hicks. 

BELL— DAUSDILL.-On June 7, 1885, 
by the undersigned, at his residence, 
Mr. Theodore 0. Bell and sister Luella 
M. Dausdill, all of Iowa Co., Iowa. 

bADELY— ALLUM.-On Sept. 22, by 
the undersigned at his residence, Mr. 
Frank F. Ladely of Iowa Co., Iowa, 
and Miss Jane A Hum ot'PowesheikCo., 
Iowa. 

SCOVKL-FL1NT.-On Nov. 19, by the 
undersigned at his residence, Mr David 
Scovel of Iowa Co., Iowa, and Miss Sa- 
rah E. Flint of Powesheik Co., Iowa. 
S. P. Millkb. 



FALLEN ASLEEP. 



LAUTZENHISER.— Near Pierceton.Ind , 
Dec. 14, 1885, Bertha A. Lautzenhiser, 
daughter of brother Henry and sister 
Hattie Lautzenhiser, aged 4 years, 10 
months and 18 clays. 

H. H. Brallier. 

MASON. —In the Linnville Creek church, 
Rockingham Co., Va., Dec. 12, 1885, 
of diphtheria, Lizzie V., daughter of 
brother Henry and sister Martha Mason, 
aged 3 years and one month. Funer- 
al services by brother Frederick Cline, 
assisted by brother Henry Early from 
Augusta Co. Text of sermon, Matt. 
19: 14. John N. Brown. 

BAIRD. — In the Macoupin Creek congre- 
gation, Montgomery Co., 111., Dec. 5, 
1885, Isaac B. Baird, aged 60 years 
and 21 days. 
Friend Baird lost his life by venturing 
too far into a burning, from the effects 
of which he died in a few days. 

J. H. Brubraker. 

NEHER.— In the South Beatrice church, 
Dec. 12, of croup. El ma Viola Neher. 
daughter of brother Noah and sister 
Mary Neher, aged 5 years, 5 months 
and 15 days. Funeral sermon by 
brother Henry Brubaker and the writer, 
from Luke 16: 22. Isaac Dell. 

MOHLER.— In the Middle Fork church, 
Clinton Co., Ind., Dec. 11, 1885, broth- 
er Allen Mohler, aged 75 years and 19 
days. 
Funeral services at our old church, 
Dec. 13, by S. H. Sayler and M. Flory, 
to a large concourse of people. 

John E. Metzger. 

WACONER.— On Oct. 5, 1885, Mattie, 
daughter of brother Philip and Mary 
Wagoner, aged 2 years, o months and 
17 days. 

WAGONER.- On Oct. 12, 1885, Jakie, 
son of the above parents, aged 3 years, 
6 months and 25 days. Both died of 
diphtheria. 

LEMLEY.-OnNov. 11, 1885, of diph- 
theria, Etlic, daughter of John and Liz- 
zie Lcinley, aged 5 years, 10 months and 
22 days. 
Thus a little bud was snatched from 

earth to bloom in heaven. 

JoHNSON.— In the (ieorge's Creek con- 
gregation, Fayette Co., Pa., Nov. ."0, 
5, sister Jennie Johnson, wife of 
friend Ira Johnson, aged 25 .wars, ."> 
months and 5 days. Funeral discourse 
from Rev, 14, by the undersigned. 

John C. Johnson. 



BEEGHLY.— On Dec. 2, 1885, sister 
Sarah L. Beeghly, wife of brother Da- 
vid Beeghly, aged 48 years and 29 
days. 
She was born Nov. 3, 1837, and was 
a consistent member of the church since 
her eaily youth, and the loss which the 
church and her family sustains is great. 
She left seven children, some of whom 
are yet small, to make their way 
through this world without a mother. 
May you all, dear children, ever re- 
member her wise counsel, and like her, 
seek the Savior in your youth, then, 
when death comes, you can go to meet 
her in heaven. Funeral services by the 
writer, assisted by the ministry of the 
Maple Grove church. 

I. D. Parker. 

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The Gospel Messenger. 



'Set for the Defense of the Gospel." 



Entered at the Poet-Office at Mt. Morris, 111. 
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Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Jan. 12, 1886. No. 2 



Vol. 24, Old Series. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



H. B. BRUMBAUGH, Editor, 

And Business Manager of the Eastern House, Box 50, 

Huntingdon, Pa. 



Buo. Jacob Hedrick, of Virginia, has been hold- 
ing some meetings with the Maryland Brethren, 
where his labors were much appreciated. 



We are supplying quite a number of our patrons 
with family Bibles, and in every case they give ex- 
cellent satisfaction. Let us know what you want 
and we will send it. 



During Bro. Mohler's stay in the West Conesto- 
ga church, Lancaster Co., twenty-six were added 
to the church. From there he went to Kichfield, 
Juniata Co., and have not had a report. 



The Golden Dawn for January is out, and we 
feel sure that its readers will be pleased witli it- 
Only $1.00 per year. Send for it and get a month- 
ly magazine adapted to the wants of our people. 

Eld. J. W. Brumbaugh and wife, of Clover 
Creek, Fa., have started on a tour westward. Bro. 
John is one of our brethren who carries with him 
a face value that is always at par, and no doubt he 
will have many calls to preach. 

— - ! «• 

Buo. Quinter's book on "Trrne Immersion "-will 
be followed by "Life on Wheels," by Eld. J. S. 
Mohler, of Missouri. It is already in type, and 
will be printed in a short time. A more extended 
announcement will be given when ready. 



Buo. Swigart said, in his sermon the other night, 
that those who are spiritually born are so helpless 
at first as the physically new born babe. If this is 
so, is it any wonder that a large numbar of them 
die while in their infancy ? Many of them get bad 
nursing and poor milk. 



Buo. J. M. Mohler lias done a good work in the 
eastern churches, as through his labors many have 
sought refuge and safety in the church. Go out 
and compel them to come in, is strong language, 
yet our Master used it, and we are the ones that 
are to do the going out. Are we doing it % 



"We are informed that Dr. Geiger, Silas Thomas 
and Jacob Iteif and wife, all of whom had been 
members of the church, died within a week, the 
last two named having died on the same day. So 
death is drafting on human life, and the warning 
voice comes to us all, "Be ye also ready.'* 



SlSTER Nan W. Smith desires the prayers of the 
church in her behalf, that she may be healed of 
her infirmities and again restored to health. She 
says that it is through her faith in prayer that she 
is as well as she is. As we are commanded to pray 
for the sick, we hope that this request will not be 
overlooked. 

PABENT6 who have small Children should not 
forget the Young 'Disciple. Children will read, ami 
parents cannot be too careful as to the character of 
the books and papers t hat are put into their hands. 
The Young Disciple is published especially tor our 
young folks, and in the selection of matter we 
have reference to their moral and spiritual good. 
Published weekly at [60 cents i year. Agents 
wanted. 



Agents who prefer it, can have a copy of Bro. 
Quinter's book instead of the percentage. Ten 
subscribers and $15.00 will give you one post-paid. 
This book should be had, not only by every mem- 
ber of the church, but hundreds of copies ought to 
be bought by those who have means, and distribut- 
ed among such as are desirous of being rightly in- 
formed on this important subject. 



While some of our churchesnire rejoicing over 
sinners returning to Christ, others are mourning 
over their coldness and the general indifference 
that prevails in regard to the church and religion. 
There must be a cause for these differences of ex- 
perience, and it would be interesting, and perhaps 
profitable, if we were able to know just what the 
cause is. Circumstances are often so related to 
each other that a number are often combined in 
bringing about certain results. It would be well 
for the members of these cold and inactive church- 
es to examine themselves. Each individual mem- 
ber of a church is a part of the whole, and if all 
these parts are right, the whole will be right. If 
each member will make himself or herself right, 
the church will step out of its grave to a newness 
of life. Try this way of warming up. 



An agent from a church of 150 members sends 
iv" a small list of subscribers and says: "I feel 
"iukmed of it. I never heard so many flimsy and 
unreasonable excuses. One brother has fifty head 
of cattle to feed, and therefore has not time to 
read the papers. Others do not have the money to 
spare, yet chew and smoke tobacco enough to pay for 
it four five times over. Others are too stingy, etc." 
This is a sad picture, and we pity the agent as 
well as the church in which he has his home. O, 
how little, many love Jesus and the church of their 
choice. The more we love the church, the more 
we wish to learn about it, and there is no way so 
much of this information can be had as by reading 
the Gospel Messknoer. Hence our agents will 
do a good work by persuading every member of 
the church to read it. After reading it awhile, 
they may fall in love with it and be greatly bene- 
fitted in their Christian experiences. We have 
brethren and sisters that are now devoted to the 
reading of the paper, that five years ago took it on- 
ly through strong persuasion. Religious reading 
is like good solid food, people learn to like it by a 
gradual use of it. 



THOUGHTS ON THE NEW YEAR. 



On account of the early date of issuing Xo. 1 for 
the current year, we could not get ourselves to re- 
alize that we had entered into a new year, and that 
1886 had passed away. But we now have it as an 
evident fact, and already feel at home in 1886. 

The numbering of years, however, is a matter cf 
no light importance, and we should feel that as 
past opportunities are gone, new ones are rushing 
in upon us that are no less important than those 
that are gone. As we think of die year that is 
past, we wonder how our work will look in the 
eyes of the Master, and how the record stands. To 
the church it lias been a year of peace and fair 
prosperity- not what it might have been, or should 
have been, but we are somewhat consoled in the 
thought that it might have been worse. In feeling 

the pulse of the Brotherhood, if the term is allow- 
able, it seems to us that then' has been an im- 



provement in the general health. The life blood 
seems to flow freely, audit is more responsive to 
the calls made. 

The molding of sentiment in the right direction 
has been slow but sure. Every pull forward has 
been securely notched, so that the forward move- 
ment is encouraging. This is especially true in the 
charitable, educational and missionary work of 
the church. 

We do not want a growth that is too rapid to be 
healthy and safe. Such, we believe, our growth 
has been, and now, as we have just entered a new 
year, these things should receive our early and 
careful attention. Before us we have a great 
work, and the year 1880 will prove a very short 
time in which to do all that ought to be done.— 
The church has come out and shook herself, but 
when the lion shakes, he means business, and so 
should the church. A great work requires great 
efforts, and these efforts must be made on the part 
of the church. And for the church to do this, she 
needs men. We mean, men of God, mighty men — 
men who know how to enlist and array an army 
for the conflict and then take the lead. The mis- 
sion work was always near to our hearts, but the 
cry was, The means for successful work could not 
be had. This was not our fear. It is men we 
need. Let the church have them ready, and the 
means will be forthcoming. If we had a half mill- 
ion in the Mission Treasury to-day, who would we 
send ? We have a lot of big boys as Jesse had, who 
can be coaxed out to look at the Philistines, but 
our Davids with sling and pebble are not picked 
up every-where. Our cause is suffering in many 
places to-day on account of the big boys who are 
slingless and stoneless when it comes to a level 
range at the giant. 

It is true, we have some good soldiers fully- 
equipped, but the most of these are needed on 
home duty. As we now have this great work be- 
fore us, it will be well for us to look at it squarely 
and see how nearly we are prepared to commence 
a successful campaign for the Lord. Our brethren 
and sisters are doing nobly by way of getting the 
means, but when they are once gotten they will 
expect to see some results, so that the success of 
the mission work of the church will largely depend 
on the kind of men that are sent out, and what 
they accomplish. It therefore is important that 
we, as a church, use great discretion in the out- 
start of the work that it be not brought into disre- 
pute. 

There is another matter that demands our early 
consideration, and that is a better system to regu- 
late our ministry. For want of a system to locate 
our ministers, the cause is greatly Buffering, espec- 
ially in new fields. A band of Brethren locate in 
a new country, and soon a call is made for preach- 
ing, and a minister is invited to move in among 
them. The invitation is considered a general one, 
and as our ministers feci themselves to be free 
men, and can go where they please, the chances 
are that the very ones that have worn thenuv 
OUt of credit and Influence at home will be the 
first ones to pull up stakes and strike for this new 
field, the place of all others that needs the 
best man and talent of the church. They are there 
only a short time till troubles arise, the little tlock 
is discouraged and scattered, and our church 
brought into disrepute. Such a course is ruinous 
to the church, and we will have trouble jusl 
long as such liberties are granted to the ministry. 
If our A. M. wants to do a good thing for the 
church, let it take hold of this matter at once. 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



ESSATS. 



Study to show thyself approred onto God, a workman that 

needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the 

Word of Truth. 



OBEDIENCE. 



BY LEAH T. CONDBT. 



"To obey is better than sacrifioe, to hearken 
than the fat of rams." Away back in the 
old dispensation of the Bible, obedience wbb 
held higher than their worship of bringing 
sacrifice to the altar. To-day, is there 
any word we sbonld put more stress on, than 
obedience? Is there not a grand promise to 
all that are obedient to the laws of God? Oh, 
how many non-essentials we have! Are we 
not living in an age of the world, all faith 
and love? Why not faith and obedience? 
Whom you obey, will you not love? Is there 
any surer evidence of love than to be 
careful in every respect to obey the wishes 
of a friend? Will you not, kind reader, 
search the revealed will of God, and see what 
he has left on record for you to obey? He 
has promised to be more to you than a friend, 
oh, yes, a loving Father, — one that sticketh 
closer than a brother; even through the val- 
ley and shadow of death he will not forsake 
you, his rod and staff will comfort you. 

Nothing should be sweeter to us than the 
loving words of Jesus, "If ye love me, keep 
my commandments." 

Altogether, it may take you down into the 
valley of humility, 'tis the path that Jesus 
trod, he was meek and lowly in heart, ever 
ready to do his Father's will. Should death 
separate from you a friend, and leave on rec- 
ord a* will, whereby you could gain an 
inheritance, would you not be careful in 
obeying all the requirements, so that you 
could be an heir? Then lay aside all precon- 
ceived opinions, and go to work, search and 
know for yourself the sacred truths, and ask 
God to help you obey its teachings, and you 
will receive a crown of life. May we all 
strive to live closer to the cross of Christ, and 
gain a home in heaven. 

Mechanicsburg, Pa. 



THE WORK BEGUN. 



BY SALOME SHARP. 



About eighteen months ago it entered into 
the minds of a few sisters, that much good 
might be accomplished in the church through 
the instrumentality of a Sister's Mission. 
Doubtless many had been pondering the sub- 
ject in their hearts long before. Indeed, the 
readiness and gladness with which it is re- 
ceived, proves this to have been the case. As 
at all times when a great need becomes ap- 
parent, eome one, whom God has raised up for 
this purpose, comes to the front and matures 
a plan of action, so in this case, we have a lead- 
er and a plan, and now we may safely say, the 
work is begun. 

Here and there little bands of quiet work- 
ers are beginning to meet and bring together 
their offerings. They meet to sing and pray 
and search the Word to learn what is enjoined 



upon Christians in regard to giving unto the 
Lord, and ministering to those in need. The 
influence of these little bands, though yet few 
in number, is being felt. Members speak of 
their work to others and arouse a spirit of in- 
quiry and a desire to engage likewise in so 
blessed a cause. For blessed it is. We give a 
little time, a little money, a little sympathy, 
and reap a hundredfold in spiritual things, 
things which must be experienced to be 
known ; for our mission is not only to help 
carry the Gospel abroad, but also to help 
each other to live out its precepts better at 
home, in our immediate neighborhood, so 
that the suffering may be relieved, the aged 
and infirm comforted, the disheartened en- 
couraged, the weak made strong, and the err- 
ing become penitent. 

The question is sometimes asked, "How 
shall we begin the work?" I would say, in 
any congregation where this work has not 
received any attention, let any sister, young 
or old, who sees its importance, read careful- 
ly Sister Snavely's articles in No's 39 and 40 
Gospel Messenger, and adapt the instruction 
there given to their own circumstances. The 
thing of first importance is a strong desire to 
do something — then pray fervently for guid- 
ance, and begin the work in some way. — 
Whenever a beginning is made, the way opens 
up before you. 

We trust where bands are already or- 
ganized they will report to the Messenger 
their plan of work and degree of success, for 
the benefit and encouragement of others. 

And now, sisters, who read this and feel 
that it is worthy of consideration, I beg j 



Second, he has a very false notion of god- 
liness, or little desire to attain to purity of 
life. 

Third, if he is putting forth any efforts to 
develop a Christian character, they are 
mostly spasmodic, and, in the main, fruitless. 

Fourth, he is not a true Christian, and 
without a reform, he never will be. 

Mi. Morris, 111. 



JUDGMENT. 



BY E. G. BUTTEBBAUGH. 



to lose no time; but make an effort to estab- 
lish and promote this good work and through 
the blessing of God great results will follow. 
Mi. Morris, 111. 



The subject of my article is one whioh 
surely deserves more careful consideration 
and meditation than it is receiving, or I am 
capable of giving, but without it man loses 
his power of advancement in his temporal 
and spiritual interests. 

"Judge not, that ye be not judged." My 
attention was called to this subject by read- 
ing the tenth chapter of second Corinth- 
ians, in which occurs the following: "Do 
ye look on things after the outward appear- 
ance?" It seems that Paul feared that the 
brethren would regard the outward appearance 
too much and thereby overlook the spiritual 
power or authority of himself, for their edifi- 
cation instead of their destruction, but he 
plainly tells them that they dare not compare 
themselves with those who commend them- 
selves, lest they, by doing so, be as those who 
measure themselves by themselves, and in 
comparing themselves among themselves are 
not wise. And, again, Paul would have them 
hoic*-- land 2iat a xuiQnx >l measurement that would 



TOO BAD! TOO BAD! 



BY JAMES M. NEFF. 



Too bad, indeed, it is that little boys and 
girls, and even young men and women and, in 
fact, old men and women will indulge in the 
use of impure language, — vile and filthy talk. 
Too bad! Too bad! And yet there are those 
who profess the name of Christ that have 
gradually, and perhaps almost unconsciously 
fallen into such a habit. In their every-day 
conversation they have become accustomed 
to use unrefined expressions and vulgar phras- 
es. 

This habit, like all others, will grow; and he 
who will thus allow himself to become settled 
in such a habit, must after a while awaken to 
a consciousness of the fact that he is losing 
sight of that purity of life and stainlessness 
of character which he once possessed, and low- 
er than which no true Christian will dare to 
set his mark. He must realize that his keen 
sense of right is becoming blunted; and that 
he is not only falliug in his own estimation, 
but also losing favor with God. 

When a man or woman allows this habit 
to thus grow upon them, the following facts 
are made evident: First, his thoughts are so 
base that they cannot find expression in pure 
language. 



reach even unto them would be more accept- 
able than any other, and he chose to send 
the pure gospel of Christ among them as the 
rule of his choice. Eight here it would 
not be amiss to say that this same rule will 
govern and control the churches of our Broth- 
erhood to-day to better advantage if it be 
firmly, strictly and positively applied with 
no variance therefrom, except when circum- 
stances demand it, that judgment may be 
dealt out thereto in more mercy. 

When in the church this judgment is 
dealt out in great mercy, it shows that the 
church exerts a Christ-like influence or pow- 
er. Since we above intimated that this pow- 
er extends into the church, the same power, 
we think, is sometimes used with too much 
severity, simply because the circumstances 
under which some cases are brought into 
public council are not fully understood or the 
manner in which the parties under judg- 
ment were led into transgression. Paul very 
beautifully shows the benefits of waiting in 
such matters until proper light and knowl- 
edge is gained, in 1 Corinthians 4: 5, which 
reads as follows: "Therefore judge nothing 
before the time, until the Lord come, who 
will bring to light the hidden things of 
darkness, and will make manifest the 
counsels of the heart: and then shall 
every man have praise of God.V In passing 
this judgment, it seems that Paul thought 
it wise to not judge before the Holy Spirit 
had gained possession of every one's heart. 
In all cases of church trouble, the evidence 



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in all cases should be thoroughly investigat- 
ed — judgment passed by the members, they 
having now received the Holy Spirit, and the 
praise of God will follow the labor. 

In our judgment of ourselves, it should 
not be that we esteem ourselves above our 
brother, for this, surely, is not of the Lord, but 
is vain glory of our own acquirements of the 
principles we think we possess above them. 
We only sought to attain to them and 
had only to learn at last that we had made a 
weak failure. By^ Paul we are remind- 
ed that if we glory, we shall glory in the 
Lord, for it is not our own commendation 
of ourselves that is approved, but the com- 
mendation which the Lord giveth. 

North Manchester, Ind. Dec. 1G, 1885. 



MY PEOPLE DOTH NOT CONSIDER. 



BYE. EBY. 



"The ox knoweth his owner; and the ass his master's 
crib; but Israel doth not know, my people doth not con- 
sider." — Isaiah 1:3. 

The Lord gives us a very humiliating 
thought in contrasting intelligent beings, 
who are made only a little lower than the an- 
gels, with the dumb brute. The animal is 
easily taught that which is natural, — the ox 
soon learns to walk under the yoke when his 
master calls, or waves the whip; so the ass, 
when he gets hungry, soon learns where his 
master's crib is. Perfectly natural and right, 
for God designed him for the work he per- 
forms; he is not capacitated for anything high- 
er than a natural instinct an^ God issp*' r\ /■ 
for he said, ''It is very good," in his creation. 
"Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: 
I have nourished and brought up children, 
and they have rebelled against me; they have 
become a sinful nation; they have gone 
away backward." And why? Because they 
do not consider. Man must b9 governed by 
intellect and reason, and not instinct; and 
hence must consider all he says or does. 
Consider is, first, "To fix the mind on, with 
a view to a careful examination; to think on 
with care; to ponder; to meditate upon; to 
study." Second, "To think seriously; care- 
fully; to reflect." — Webster. 

•While there are som9 noble exceptions, the 
human mind is lamentably inconsiderate, 
bordering on recklessness; a sad picture is 
presented in 2 Peter 2, in Jude, and 
Romans 1. 

Along the public thoroughfares of to-day, 
iniquity is no less than in Sodom. Ungod- 
liness abounds in cursing and swearing, chew- 
ing and smoking, drinking and carousing, and 
all manner of debauchery. How lamentable, to 
see the bright intelligent youth degrading 
himself to a level with the brute beasts, 
finally to perish in his own corruption! We 
oft feel like Jeremiah, "O that my head were 
waters, and my eyes a fountain of tears that 
that I might weep day and night for the slain 
of the daughter of my people." 

Dear reader, consider well the first step to 
vice; habits grow fast and cling to you like 
the ivy to a stone wall. O, consider 
well where you are, and where you are going. 
"Be not deceived, God is not mocked; what- 



soever a man soweth, that shall he also reap; if 
he sows to the flesh, he shall of the flesh 
reap corruption. If he sows to the Spirit he 
shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." To 
be happy is to be good, to be good you must 
consider. Considering will check many a 
wrong; will lock the mouth, bridle the tongue, 
will keep the feet from running into mis- 
chief; to dances, to skating rinks, to saloons, 
horse-races, gambling shop3, houses of ill 
fame, etc, will keep the hand from tak- 
ing that which does not belong to it, will 
keep the eye from lusting after evil things, 
will stop the ear against evil reports about 
the innocent, will guard the heart from cov- 
etousnesp. O, consider! 
Lena, 111. 



CHRISTIAN IilTE. 



BY A. HUTCHISON. 



What is Christian life? It is a life in 
which are represented the traits of character 
peculiar to the life of Christ. The life that 
Jesus lived, he did not live by accident, nei- 
ther did he live that kind of a life that he 
needed to be lifted to a higher plane in moral 
worth, but he lived such a life as he did, 
that his followers, by imitating him, might 
ascend the scale and come up to a standard 
far above where the lower passions of our 
fleshly nature would leave us. Hence, when 
we speak of a "Christian life," we mean a 
life after the example of our Divine Master. 
When we have faith, we must not expect to 
be justified by it alone, but we must add to 
faith, virtue, and this will give us purity of 
character; then, having such purity, we are 
like our Head, pure as he is pure. And hav- 
ing that addition made, we are not to stop, 
but make another addition, add to our vir- 
tue, knowledge, that we may know how to 
to use these good graces. The great misfort- 
une, is, when we use our knowledge, we seem 
too much inclined to use it for the addition 
of other things, besides the noble graces en- 
umerated by the apostles. Having the good 
qualities thus far, we still need more; we need 
temperance! O! what a noble grace is tem- 
perance. So much so that the apostle Paul 
encourages us to be "temperate in all things." 
When our life is such as to be free from just 
censure, we then possess a Christian char- 
acter, because it is like Christ. It is true 
that Christ was of ten censured — but not just- 
ly, so we may be subjected to very cruel and 
unjust censure in our efforts to live a Chris- 
tian life, but wo should let our life be the out- 
flowing of a pure heart within, and then, when 
the final verdict shall be rendered, — it will be 
as it was with our Master, "I find no fault in 
this man." There is too much involved in 
this question for us to be indifferent about it. 
A precious soul may be kept out of Heaven 
because of our want of fidelity to the princi- 
ples laid down by Christ, for the government 
of our lives as his representatives. The 
man or woman who is not a Christian to-day, 
is standing in that position, not because they 
do not want to be saved, but because there is 
something in their way. My brother and 
sister, let us now review our lives. Perhaps 



men have seen a failure in ue, — if so, let us 
hasten to amend our ways, and we will be 
benefited, and that soul may be saved. A 
Christian life is a life after the pattern of 
Christ, and they only who obey the teachings 
of Christ have the promise of eternal life. 
O! may we all be able to live a Christian life! 



THE POOR. 



BY ELIJAH BOHBER. 

As winter has now commenced and the 
cold, piercing winds are howling through 
the branches of the trees, and around the 
poor man's hut, I thought of the thousands 
of poor souls that aie scattered through this 
free land of ours, and not only in this coun- 
try, but in every other land. Our Savior 
said, "The poor ye have always with you, and 
whensoever ye will, ye may do them good." I 
understand by the language of our Sav- 
ior that it is our imperative duty to visit the 
poor, the sick, and the poor, lonely wid- 
ow with her fatherless children, for James 
says, "Pure and undefiled religion before 
God and the Father is this, to visit the fa- 
therless and widows in their affliction." Then 
let us, brethren and sisters, who are so rich- 
ly blest with the preciouB gifts of God, be 
more beneficent in giving to the needy, and 
not shut up our bowels of compassion 
from them and begin to say within our- 
selves, "If they had worked and managed like 
I have, they would not need to depend so 
much on others." The Divine decree has 
gone forth, "Ye have them with you always," 
and whatever time it is necessary, ye can 
do them good. 

Solomon says, "He that giveth unto the 
poor, shall not lack." Brethren, be not 
weary in well doing, let us never get tired to 
minister to the poor saints, and to speak a 
kind word of encouragement to cheer 
them on their way to Heaven. 

A good way to encourage them on their 
pilgrimage, would be to meet with them oc- 
casionally during the winter and have a social 
meeting. Bead some Scripture, sing 
and pray with them, and talk to them 
about the kingdom of Heaven, the new dis- 
pensation. "Blessed be ye poor, for yours is 
the kingdom of God." Then if the kingdom 
of Heaven belongs to the poor, let us use all 
our influence to get them to accept cf all its 
teachings. I would just say to all my poor 
friends, there is also a great work for you to 
do, that you may become a jewel in the king- 
dom of God. Let us all so live (both rich 
and poor) that when our Savior comes, he 
will accept us as his elect. 

Centre, Ohio. 

When the apostles doubted tho words of 
the woman that told not of the resurrection of 
Jesus, but of his empty tomb, and Peter, dis- 
believing the one, "wondered" at the other j 
they bearing witness to the ditliculty of ac- 
counting for that deserted sepuloher, and 
testifying that the power which released its 
prisoner had overcome the utmost might of 
enemies, and planned without the counsel of 
friends. 



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THE GOSPEL MES9ENGBB. 



SACRED CHURCH MUSIC. 



BY DANIEL HAYS. 



Place a minister before a congregation and 
require him to do all the singing, all the 
praying, and all the preaching, and the ser- 
vices are a drag throughout. What the 
church needs is earnest, devoted congrega- 
tional singing,— such singing as unites heart, 
lip and spirit in praise. 

Praise is as much a duty as prayer, an ex- 
ercise in which all who have hearts, and 
spirit, and understanding should join. 

"Let everything that hath breath, praise 
the Lord. Both young men and maidens; 
old men and children." 

Children take to vocal music as naturally 
as birds take to song. All that children 
want is a chance to sing, and they will sing. 
Some cannot remember the time they began 
to sing — they caught it as an inspiration 
from the cradle song. The first thrill of holy 
emotion is often awakened by the maternal 
lullaby. 

It is just as important that parents train a 
child in the way he should sing, as to train 
him in the way he should go. "Let me make 
the songs of a nation, and I care not who 
makes its laws," is a saying that will apply 
with equal emphasis to the family and the 
church. Sacred church music should be 
taught first and all the time. The trashy 
songa and glees now so much in vogue are a 
decoy of Satan to lead the young into the 
giddy paths of sin. Singing-schools as now 
taught in many places, add not a tithe of a 
hair to sacred church music. A whole neigh- 
borhood can join in chanting fast musical 
nonsense, and in church are heartlessly silent. 
On a visit to the editor of the Musical Million 
in Dayton, Va., he spoke in glowing terms of 
the excellent singing in the churches of the 
Brethren in the Valley. This is owing, in a 
great measure, to the fact that genuine 
church music has been taught and encourag- 
ed in nearly every neighborhood from the 
earliest times. Vocal music was taught as a 
sacred and divine service, and as such it be- 
comes the handmaid of religion, one of the 
purest, most ecstatic and exalted engagements 
of the soul. 

The beautiful, the sublime in vocal music 
surpass the highest eloquence. Years ago, in 
company with my father, I attended commun- 
ion services at Salem church, W. Va. Bro. 
Zimmerman led the audience in singing, with 
a voice so clear, so soft, so full, that the har- 
mony was altogether wonderful. How many 
souls have been led to obey the Savior's com- 
mand by singing: 

"When Jesus Christ was here below, 
He taught his people what to do: 
And if we would his precepts keep, 
We must descend to washing feet." 

eternity alone will tell. How many in heath- 
en lands to-day rejoice that Heber composed, 
and that Christian people have sung that 
beautiful missionary hymn: 

"From Grreenkod'l icy mountains, 
1'roin India's coral strand, 
Where Afric's sunny fountains 
» ltoll down their golden sand : 

From many an ancient river. 

From many 'a palmy plain, 
They call us to deliver 
Th>iir land from errorVchain." 



How many have sung: 

"On Jordan's stormy banks I stand," 
and on some moral Pisgah have contemplated 
with beatific vision the heavenly Canaan! 
O! the bliss, the power, the ecstasy of song! 
There is nothing so joyous, nothing so sol- 
emn, but it may come within the the realm of 
song. The morning stars sang together in 
the dawn of creation. The Israelites cele- 
brated the passage of the Red Sea in song. 
In the last gloomy night of the Man of Sor- 
rows, "they sang a hymn and went out." 
From the night of the first Christmas when 
the angels sang "On earth peace, good will 
toward men," to the ascent of Mt. Zion of 
the redeemed with the song, the people of 
God have lived, and labored, and died in song. 
"And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, 
and come to Zion with songs and everlasting 
joy upon their heads." "We owe it all to 
Christ." Bless God for sacred song. 

Moore's Store, Va. 



RANDOM THOUGHTS. 



BY C. D. HYLTON. 



In 1 Cor. 11, Paul praised the Corinthian 
brethren for keeping the ordinances which 
he gave them. Then he informs them how 
the church would have them present them- 
selves before the Lord. 

Men should uncover their heads in prayer 
(4th verse); but a woman praying or pro- 
phesying with her head uncovered, dishon- 
oreth her head as much as if her hair 
was shaven off (5th and 6th verses). 

Paul urges the matter by saying: "For a 
man indeed, ought not to cover his head, etc." 
(7th verse.) Now if Paul meant the hair 
when he spoke of a covering, why did he say 
that a man ought not to cover his head? For 
it would be impossible for a man to cover his 
head with hair; that is nature's work. Hence 
Paul had reference to an artificial covering 
which should be removed by a Christian 
man, but retained by a Christian lady in 
prayer. 

Well, says one, why, Paul, does the church 
make that difference? Because even nature 
itself teaches that if a man wear long hair it 
it is a shame to him, but if a woman wear 
long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is 
given her for a covering, by nature (14th and 
15th verses). But if any man seem to be 
contentious, we have no such custom, neither 
the churches of God. (16th). 

We had the privilege to attend two love- 
feasts with the Brethren in East Tennessee. 
One at Knob Greek church, four miles north 
east of Johnson City, and another at Pleasant 
View church, four miles south of Jones- 
borough. We enjoyed these meetings very 
much, as we had the privilege of meeting 
around the Lord's table with many loved 
children with whom we never before com- 
muned. There was plenty of ministerial aid 
present at both meetings and good order pre- 
vailed which spake well of our brethren. 

Tennessee has some workers that are 

doing a noble work in God's vineyard, and 

their efforts have been crowned with abun- 

I dant success in bringing ohildren into the fold. 



A thought might be appropriately dropped 
on church behavior. We sometimes go to 
church and see ministers and deacons come 
in with their hat on their heads and if 
preaching has not commenced, they will take 
seats and leave their hats on till services 
begin. Again, we have seen even elders 
come in and talk very loud as though they 
were in a barn, so that the whole congrega- 
tion was listening to their talk about the 
weather, their health, or whatever they may 
have been doing during the past week. 

If official members are boisterous and 
have unbecoming habits in church, they need 
expect no better of the congregation. 

Official members and especially ministers 
should be ensamples for the whole congrega- 
tion. 

The brethren of Pleasant Valley in Floyd 
Co., Va., have experienced another, almost 
pentecostal, shower. Brethren Dove and 
Pence, of Tennessee, spent nearly two weeks 
with them. They preached with power, and 
the Holy Spirit pricked the hearts of men 
and women until many yielded to its power. 
Within the last two years Brethren W. Dove, 
Jesse Crosswhite, and J. B. Pence, all of 
Tennessee, have done a noble work for the 
Lord in Floyd Co. 

Over two hundred have joined the cbursh 
through the instrumentality of their preach- 
ing. God bless the dear brethren. 

Hylton, Va. 



THE POWER OF GOD'S WORD. 



' -l*r - 1 



'•Ek 1 ' P. S. THOMAS. 



"He casteth forth his ice like morsels." Ps. 147: 17. 

On rising this Sabbath morning, and see- 
ing the earth covered with a thin coating of 
sleet, the above language of Israel's sweet 
singer was called forcibly to my mind, and 
my heart was made to glow in thankfulness 
to him, in the contemplation of all his won- 
derful works, and the beneficent arrange- 
ments he has made for man, and for the all- 
absorbing assurance that "He thinketh and 
careth for us." 

Surely, his Word runneth very swiftly! 
But a few hours before, there was a brilliant 
assembling of resplendent orbs in the firma- 
ment, sparkling in all their depths of space, 
and hardly a cloud to obstruct a single ray of 
light, but now, from the cloud-o'ercast sky, 
the rain which succeeded the falling sleet, 
has thickened the icy crust, and ornament- 
ed everything with crystal-like pendants, er- 
encircling each blade of grass and stem of 
withered flower, until all nature seems be- 
gemmed from out the store-house of God's 
unspeakable riches and glory. The hushed 
stillness of the day is truly befitting the day 
of rest, and the charms which nature adds 
are so closely linked with the quiet blesBed- 
ness of this hallowed day of rest, that we are 
mentally transported to the Sabbath that has 
no ending amid the glories of God's eternal 
kingdom. 

Wonderful as are the words of God in nat- 
ure, yet of vaster importance and moment is 
the woik he has done for the redemption of 
man. With all the beauties and wonders ex- 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



^1 



hibited in the starry heavens, and which 
strike us with awe on account of their brill- 
iancy and magnitude, we are made to exclaim* 
What is man that the Lord should be mind- 
ful of him ! Yet his first and greatest care 
is for his salvation. 

Around us are strewn morsels, not of ice, 
but of manna, from the immeasurable depths 
of his mercy, and the invitation is to come 
and secure these rich blessings, and rever- 
ence their gracious Giver. If God regards 
the inanimate forms, and protects the fowls 
of the air, and the beasts of the desert, will 
he not much more require his intelligent 
creatures to reverence that will, and bow in 
humble adoration and praise to his sover- 
eign power ? 

While every thing is in his power and he 
could do with man what he would choose, yet 
his great love constrained him to make the 
sacrifice necessary for our redemption, and 
now, if we wish to gain the inheritance, we 
must do the things he has embodied in the 
plan. Oar trust must be reposed in him, and 
when we are willing to rely upon his love and 
mercy, and submit to his power, he will 
strengthen the bars of our gates against the 
attacks of the wicked one, and bring peace 
that passeth all understanding, within our 
borders. Cannot we, then, gather in the mor- 
sels of his love and store them in the depths 
of our hearts, and be prepared to meet him 
in the end ? 
Harrisonburg, Va. 



HYPOCRISY. 



BY CHARLOTTE T. BOND. 

When we consider the amount of preach- 
ing, church building, missionary work, etc., 
that is going on, seemingly to advance the 
cause of our blessed Redeemer, we are made 
to wonder how much of this is done in sin- 
cerity, and how many of this vast number are 
aiming from pure motives to serve God; how 
many whose whole desire and wish is simply 
to follow Jesus, and love him with a pure 
heart. If we are prompted by any other mo- 
tive than living in strict obedience to the will 
of God, and fulfilling the purpose for which 
we were created, we are living the life of a 
hypocrite. . How very important that we 
search our hearts to see if our aim is entirely 
to live the life of the righteous, that our lat- 
ter end may be like his! 

Again, there are some that are very zeal- 
ous in keeping some of the ordinances of the 
church, and other things that are of just as 
much or more importance, they will neglect, 
just like the hypocritical Jews that tithed the 
mint, anise and cummin, and left undone the 
weightier matters of the law. 

Truth and honesty demand that in all oar 
dealings with mankind we should make no 
attempt to practice deception. Then, why 
should any one try to deceive the Creator of 
the Universe? He knows every secret thought, 
and the greatest folly we can be guilty of, is 
to try to make God and the world believe we 
are true faithful Christians, when we are not. 
If our own hearts condemn us, God is great- 
er than our hearts and will surely condemn 



us. "Woe unto you hypocrites." The world 
will soon look upon us with just contempt. 
The Savior pronounced the greatest condem- 
nation upon the hypocrite; his whole soul 
seemed to abhor hypocrites when he was on 
earth, and there has been no change in his 
feelings, since he looks upon the deceiver 
just as he did when he trod the paths of 
earth; he is the same tender, loving friend to 
the true and faithful that he was when he 
walked the streets of Jerusalem. When we 
profess to be a follower of Christ, we are 
either true or false; either in earnest or try- 
ing to deceive; either true disciples or hypo- 
crites. There is no middle grounds, for Christ 
or for Satan. We certainly know whom we 
are serving. Christ knows, and if the world 
does not know, it will know, for all things 
shall be made manifest. There is much 
preaching done, and good instructions given, 
but do we practice what we preach? Relig- 
ion is a practical thing, to be lived out in ev- 
ery act of our lives, whether we eat or drink, 
or whatsoever we do, all must be done to the 
honor and glory of God. 

Let us therefore be true and faithful fol- 
lowers of Jesus, avoid all deception, and all 
hypocrisy, and at the end of the race we will 
get our reward, for he that has promised is 
faithful, and will reward every one according 
to his works. 



WHAT IS LOVE. 



BY JAMES EVANS. 



5, All things are of or out of God. The life 
that animates us and is in our blood, came 
originally direct from him. The spirit that 
controls our brain and the entire body, came 
from the same source. All power inheres in 
God; all life came from him and returns to 
him. Neither life nor spirit returns to the 
earth, for it was never there. God is love, 
the supreme goodness, the Father of mercies, 
whose love is never exhausted, never quench- 
ed, but will endure forever. 

This love is the fountain out of which ev- 
ery true and perfect gift comes. We trace 
all goodness, kindness, benevolence, affection, 
and compassion to this heavenly source. If 
God were not the fountain of life, there 
would be no life on the globe. If he were 
not a Spirit, an infinite intelligence, there 
would be none on the earth. So with love, 
wherever it exists, either as a rill or as a 
mighty stream, still it has its source in God. 
It pleased our heavenly Father to enshrine 
this love in the lowly form of Jesus of Naz- 
areth. The divine love in its higher manifes- 
tation, will dwell in no other shrine. Its 
matchless purity would be sullied in a proud 
heart; a lofty spirit is selfish and love cannot 
dwell there. Its pure flame is quenched by 
the vapors of higbmindedness, haughtiness 
of spirit, and all that exalts the natural man. 
How beautiful is the love of brethren, who 
are poor in spirit, and lowly in heart! Their 
love is begotten of God, and is the result of 
the Holy Spirit dwelling in the soul. O! my 
soul, why are thou not possessed wholly of 
this divine love? If God loves thee with an 
unchanging love, if he inoluded thee in his 



great, eternal purpose of exalting and glorify- 
ing man; if he redeemed thee with the blood 
of an only begotten Son: and if thy immor- 
tality is sure because God has appointed thee 
to live forever, and has sent the bread of life 
into the world, then, why is not my soul full 
of rapture and divine love ? Thy soul is too 
lofty, too full of self, too unlike the man of 
sorrows for the love that passes knowledge to 
dwell in thee richly. It is a small spring, 
instead of an overflowing fountain gushing 
out of a heart of flesh in which God dwells. 
Then let us humble ourselves beneath the 
mighty hand of God; let our lofty looks 
come down, and our selfishness be crucified, 
and then God will hold fellowship with us. 
He will walk with us. 

Love is the true life of the soul; it is the 
sunshine of the spiritual world, in which the 
new man dwells. Many fear God, but love 
him little. To them he is veiled in darkness, 
and tempest, and the sound of the trumpet. 
He is ever frowning on our weak efforts to 
serve him. He is an inexorable judge, whose 
burning justice is ready to smite us into eter- 
nal perdition. But when these dark clouds 
pass away, God is revealed to the soul as the 
loving One who has created us for good, 
whose heart is set on our deliverance from 
evil. Whether we love him or not, he loves 
us. We say to every sinner, He loves you ; 
he is your benefactor; he sends his rain and 
sunshine on you, and has done you good ; he 
beseeches you to be reconciled to him, and 
render him the devotion of your heart. You 
are to look up to him as a Father, who seeks 
his lost children, and a shepherd who will 
bring the loBt sheep into the fold. What a 
transforming influence love has on us! We 
love him, because he first loved us. Love 
thinks no evil; love has no bitterness in it; 
love is the bond of perfection ; it delighteth 
in doing good to all as it hath opportunity, 
especially to the household of faith. Love 
fulfills all law. The highest perfection of 
Christian life is perfect love, — to grow in 
love. Lo e to God is the motive to obedi- 
ence, to earnest devotion, to willing sacrifice 
in the cause of Christ. 

Creation unfolds God's wisdom and power. 
Redemption unfolds the infinite love of the 
great Father of Spirits. Behold what man- 
ner of love he has bestowed on us, to make 
us sons of God! But the church, redeemed 
and saved in glory, does not exhaust his love. 
The church, when exalted with Christ, shall 
bless the world, until the creation is deliver- 
ed from the bondage of corruption. All na- 
tions will yet be blessed in Christ, and know 
his love. Love and not wrath guides the 
great plan of creation. In creation, provi- 
dence and redemption, God loves the world. 
True, it lies yet in the wicked one, but love 
will triumph at last. Jesus is the same yes- 
terday, to-day and forever. On the cross, or 
on the throne, the Savior, or the Judge, his 
love is the same. 

He loves us when we are cast down, dis- 
couraged, and feel forsaken. His love to us 
is not measured by our feelings, or condition 
of mind. We may lose much conscious en- 
joyment of divine fellowship by losing sight 
of God's love, but he is our gracious, loving 
Father still, in darkness, in sunshine, in 
storm or calm, in adversity or prosperity, on 
the mountain top, as well as in the vale. "I 
change not" is what he says concerning him- 
self. From everlasting to everlasting, the 
Fountain of Eternal Love. 



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THE GOSPEL MESSEISTGKER. 



BY FAITH. 



BY C. H. BALSBAUGH. 



To a Heartbroken Mother: — 

Such heart-sobs as yours come to me from 
all parts of the Brotherhood, and outside. 
Bleeding hearts are everywhere. Where the 
blight of sin has fallen, there are suffering 
and sorrow and death. j And so it must be. 
God may have winked at ignorance in a cer- 
tain sense, He never dealt with sin as any 
thing but sin. "The wages of sin is death," 
immediate, spiritual first, and; as 'a conse- 
quence, physical. The mystery of sin is the 
mystery of life; as is also the mystery of ho- 
liness. With God, holiness and being are 
synonyms, and with the devil, sin and being. 
The soul and its proclivities are transmitted 
by natural generation. Transient moods in 
the parent, may become permanent traits in 
the child. So it always is, only not intelli- 
gently accountable. Whether the higher nat- 
ure is involved in generation, is easily infer- 
red by the fact that no one can infringe sex- 
ual obligations without a sense of condemna- 
tion. That we can consciously hurt our souls 
in violating the Divine relations of t sex,-proves 
that the soul "goes with the physical act. 
Hence the transfer of the moral virus that 
corrupts the whole man, and issues in disease 
and pain "and dissolution. 

The entire structure of nature has been set 
in a retributive, self- vindicating order, and 
this seems to many minds as though there 
was no God, or that He is distant and piti- 
less. Not so. God is in the institution of 
pain and sorrow and death, no less than in 
life and happiness. 

Sin would-be doubly a curse were it not 
for suffering and death. Pain and sorrow 
are not only penalty, but reminders and ren- 
ovators. And Death opens up the grand 
possibility of Atonement and Redemption. 
Death is a calamity and a punishment, but 
far greater would be the calamity of sin 
without death. 

This world is a Bochim, a valley of Achor, 
a Kibroth-hattaavah, but it is also a Bethel 
and Peniel. Judges 2:5; Hos. 2: 15; Num. 
11: 34; Gen. 18: 16-19; 32: 30. Here there 
is] 'self -pleasing, and from this evil root 
springs all the bitterness of dislocated, God- 
severed life. Suffering and accident and fu- 
nerals and heart-wrenches and insanities and 
the temporal and eternal whelmings of de- 
spair, are the gall-steeped fruit of egotism. 
"We suffer and wail and die, because by the 
law of heredity, we are under the blight of 
sin. The mystery of the how and the why 
does not invalidate the solid reality of the 
what. No sin-infected Adam and Eve can 
beget a sin-freed Cain. 

The law of life is inexorable, and the 
taint of sin lies at its core. Faith in God, to 
be complete, must take in the totality of ex- 
istence, as "without Him was not any thing 
made that was made." I used to think and 
say and write, that God pivoted our salvation 
on faith, because it is the simplest and easiest 
function of the human mind. I have radical- 
ly changed my view. Not because it is the 



easiest, but because it is the only way of sal- 
vation possible to apostate moral being. A 
harder, and naturally more impossible thing 
than faith unto salvation, could not be given 
man to do. Few are saved because few be- 
lieve. Conversion is such a radical, absolute, 
body, soul, and spirit-transforming reality, 
that only a few know it as a living experi- 
ence. The faith that admits God into the 
heart as the Fountain and Regulator of life, 
is such a rarity, that where a thousand say, 
Lord, Lord, only a single one demonstrates 
the truth of Gal. 2: 20. Creed and ritual 
and ecclesiasticism are utter emptiness and 
delusion if Christ be not embodied as the re- 
ality of their symbolic signification. To be 
steadied in all trials and bereavements in the 
sense of the Divine Presence, and the firm 
conviction that not a sparrow falls to the 
ground, and not an ephemera moves its tiny 
wing without the Divine providence, is the 
only condition that insures rest to the soul. 
That your darling little boy was crushed by a 
falling tree, was indeed enough to crush 
your mother-heart beyond all human mend- 
ing. Why? why? WHY? is the appal- 
ling, paralyzing interrogation, that echoes 
and re-echoes through the chambers of your 
soul. Hear then this gentle Father-voice 
from Heaven: "Be still, and know that I am 
God." Pray for a sublime, all-embracing 
faith, a faith that takes in the dreadful fact 
of sin, and God's management of all its conse- 
quences. Let the Christian be stronger in 
you than the mother. God saw that tree fall, 
and He knew whose darling it would smite, 
and what loving mother-heart it would set 
bleeding for life. But it fell. Unbelief calls 
it nature, but faith calls it Divine Provi- 
dence. 

Believe in God, and then you will believe 
in a Fact, that covers all your loss, and ena- 
bles you to sing the sorrowful, yet triumphant 
song of Job 1: 21. 

NOTES AND JOTTINGS. 



BY I. J. EOSENBERGER. 

According to promise, on the eve of Oct. 
29th, we met with the saints of Tippecanoe, 
Kosciusko Co., Ind. Difficulties among 
their number, seem to have been a hin- 
derance to the prosperity of the cause here. 
We devoted our time and energies largely to 
the interests of the discouraged element, and 
we felt that our labor was not in vain. Were 
with them at their feast on the 6th. The at- 
tendance was large, and the occasion seemed 
one of interest to all. The ministerial labor 
falls alone on our esteemed Bro. Daniel Ros- 
enberger; and I know of none that endures 
his lot with more patience than brother Dan- 
iel. 

Bro. W. R. Deeter has care as elder, and it 
occurred to us, that Bro. W. R.'s many 
duties do not allow him as much time as 
the work of Tippecanoe demands. One re- 
turned who had gone Progressive. A num- 
ber expressed their purpose, to come to the 
church in the near future. In the midst of 
the interest we left, journeying to Bachelor 
Bun, Flora, Ind. 



We commenced our labor of love, with the 
brethren above named, Nov. 13 th. "We con- 
tinued labor with two meetings each day, 
with a growing attendance of serious, anx- 
ious listeners. On the 20th, the season of joy 
began by the troubling of the baptismal wa- 
ters with two precious souls. On the 28th came 
our time to leave, to join Bro. W. R. Deeter 
in the dedication of the new house of Massis- 
sinewa, Delaware Co., Ind. Our interest and 
encouragement now was such, that with com- 
mon consent all felt that the meetings should 
not close. We, therefore, notified Bro. "W. R. 
that he should take charge of the work at 
Massissinewa, and we would continue at the 
Run. On Wednesday eve, Dec. 2nd, we 
ventured our farewfcll; at the close found 
nine applicants for membership, upon which 
we announced to continue, and next day re- 
ceived twelve. "We closed the meeting on 
the eve of the 8 th, with a feast in the Flora 
house. Fathers, mothers, and companions, 
wept for joy, on being permitted to join with 
those, with whom they never expected to join 
in surrounding the Lord's table in this life. 

There were eighty- nine received; eighty- 
two by baptism, and seven by confession. 
Four from the Progressive element, among 
them a minister, S. Searight. Like the pro- 
digal son, they came home broken up and 
penitent. I was much pleased with the man- 
ner and spirit of Bro. Searight. His ability 
fits him to do much good in that large and 
fertile field. His experience among the 
Progressives, he confessed, led him to see 
clearly the ruinous results of their ideas of 
Church government. "We received quite a 
number of Methodists, among them a local 
preacher of considerable ability. Bro. Hiel 
Hamilton is a most active elder. As a 
pioneer worker among us, he is well known, 
and has done much ; but his day is closing, 
and his body is feeble, but his mind is clear 
and active. He was in attendance at our 
meeting night and day, when he looked too 
feeble to be present. 

The Bachelor Bun Church is rather his- 
toric. It was here that a ministering brother, 
Oyman, was expelled some forty years ago, 
taking with him quite a number. They have 
since organized quite a number of congrega- 
tions, and though they have lost much of 
their simplicity as a body, they still continue. 

It was in this congregation, that our An- 
nual Meeting was held in 1858 There be- 
ing no railroad near, and a very rainy time, 
fording the run became dangerous, hence 
those in attendance would not soon forget 
the occasion. It was here, that the Qainter 
and Snider debate was held in 1868. The 
Lutheran church which Elder Snider sought 
so vigorously to defend, has since failed. 
We baptized some of their scattered flock. 
Their house of worship is now occupied by 
Bro. Cline as a farm ware-room. 

In numbers, more withdrew here with the 
Old Order element, than at any other point 
in the State. They held their second Annual 
MeetiDg at Flora. Their trouble however, 
has been great. A committee from their An- 
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last year; but failed to adjust the trouble as 
was desired the committee should. 

While the lowering clouds over old Bache- 
lor Eun have been heavy; tears of joy were 
shed at the approach of the genial rays of 
the meridian sun, dispelling the clouds. We 
now hope and pray that they will feel very 
humble amid their joyous season of pros- 
perity. We feel that the long and happy, y«t 
fatiguing season we spent at Bachelor Kun, 
has created a cord of attachment that will re- 
main permanent in this life, to be renewed 
on the other shore. 



JOTTINGS AND DOTTINGS. 



BY D. C. MOOMAW. 



A dear brother writes me that, "they claim 
you to be about half progressive." If by 
progression is meant the varied adapta- 
tion of means to ends, and the utilization 
of the discoveries and inventions and de- 
velopments wrought by the arts and sciences 
in the betterment and amelioration of man's 
unhappy lot, I am not almost but altogether 
a progressive. But, if it means the subver- 
sion of well-regulated and delegated author- 
ity, the exchange of a healthful spiritual de- 
mocracy wherein the will of the majority 
is the will of the whole, for anarchy, or the 
government of disorganized masses wherein 
"every man does what seems to be right in 
his own eyes," if it means the loosening of the 
bonds of properly constituted discipline, and 
a compromise with a gay, thoughtless, god- 
less world, if it means the disruption of cher- 
ished association, the sundering of Chris- 
tian and family ties, the breaking of hearts 
and the death and burial of life-long hopes, 
and aspirations, for the will-o'-the-wisp of so- 
oalled freedom ; freedom to dally with sin, I 
am not a whit progressive. Let this suffice 
upon the subject of my relation to that wing 
of the schism. Make a note of this Bro. G. 

It is noticeable that whenever the religious 
press of the nineteenth century churches refer 
to feet-washing, it is in the spirit of the scof- 
fer or the humorist. There will, of necessity, 
have to be a change in facial expression, and 
a change of heart, before they get ready for 
the reading of the 13th chapter of St John 
in the judgment, else that judgment will 
develop a dangerous antagonism between 
them and the Judge. He says "my words 
shall judge men at the last day." Friends, do 
not laugh or mock at God's Word or at those 
who obey it Devils tremble when God 
speaks. 

One of the most effective means of grace, 
one of the most important factors in spiritual 
development, one of the most powerful agen- 
cies in the successful prosecution of life's 
duties and the resistance of Satanic influ- 
ences is household religion. 

It may be doubtful whether a Christian 
can succeed in "this race which is set before 
him," if he neglects it. It is certain that he 
is in constant danger of "losing his crown" 
and that is sufficient to prompt him to begin 
at once. 

Household religion consists iu family pray- 



er, morning or evening, or both, thanksgiving 
at meals, pious and consistent deportment to- 
ward its members and visitors, gentleness, 
meekness, etc. Brother, sister, do you ob- 
serve thanksgiving at mealH ? If not, do not 
delay a single day. Do you observe family 
devotion? If not, do not fail to commence to- 
night. "Blessed is the house that calleth on 
the name of the Lord." Cursed is the house 
that calleth not on the name of the Lord. 
"The woman shall not wear that which per- 
taineth unto a man, neither shall a man put 
on woman's garment: for all that do so are 
an abomination unto the Lord, thy God." 
Deut. 22: 5. How will nineteenth century 
progression bear the test of this annunciation 
of God's will on the "dress question?" 



RELIGIOUS EXCITEMENT. 



BY W. W. BARNHART. 



The winter season is considered to be the 
most suitable time of the year to hold series 
of meetings. The different churches will, no 
doubt, put forth their usually strong efforts 
again this winter. 

The amount of good to be done, depends 
not so much upon the amount of noise made, 
as upon the genuineness of the work done. 
The Brethren believein the change of heart, 
conversion, and heart-felt religion. They do 
not believe in such extreme manifestations as 
are to be seen in the revivals of certain 
churches. Many of these noisy revivalists 
do not deny that there is a great deal of ex- 
citement about it, but rather justify it on the 
grounds that the matter of religion is some- 
thing about which people should be excited. 
Others claim, that it is a natural and intelli- 
gent speaking from the abundance of the 
heart. It is useless to quote Scripture to 
these loud professors, for they rely much on 
their own feelings, and because the Brethren 
do not approve of their way of "getting relig- 
ion," these shouters have taken occasion to 
publicly mention that, "the Dunkards do not 
believe in the workings of the Spirit," "they 
don't know when their sins are pardoned," 
and "they believe water washes away sins." 
They love to talk about "Old Father Wesley." 
They pray God to "bless brother Moody, the 
great evangelist." As Brethren are frequent- 
ly assailed, they ought to inform themselves, 
and be able to tell these shouters, who have 
such wonderful feelings, such inexpressible 
joys in their hearts, what Wesley and Moody 
have to say on the subject. John Wesley 
speaks of this religious excitement thus: — 
"Satan strives to push many of them to ex- 
travagance. This appears in several in- 
stances: — 

"1. Frequently three or four, yea, ten or 
twelve, pray aloud together. 

"2. Some of them, perhaps, may scream al- 
together as loud as they can. 

"3. Some of them use improper, yea inde- 
cent expressions in prayer; several drop 
down as dead, and are as stiff as a corpse, but 
in a while they start up and cry, 'glory, 
glory!' perhaps twenty times together. Just 
so do the French prophets, and, very lately, 



the Jumpers, in Wales, bringing the real 
work into contempt. 

"Scream no more, at the peril of your soul. 
God now warns you by me. I never scream, 
I never strain myself; I dare not, I know it 
would be a sin against God and my own 
soul! * * * * There is a fervor which 
has passed for devotion, but it is not true, not 
Scriptural devotion. It is loud shouting, 
horrid, unnatural screaming, repeating the 
same words twenty or thirty times, jumping 
two or three feet high, throwing about the 
arms and legs, both men and women, in a 
manner shocking not only to religion, but to 
common decency." 

One would think that Wesley must have 
been of the "Dunkard" persuasion. 

Moody says: — "The devil does not care a 
bit about our feelings. He can play on our 
feelings just as a man can on a harp. He 
can make our feelings good or bad ; he can 
take us up on the high mountain, or down in- 
to the valley, and we can only vanquish him 
by the Word, which is the sword of the Spir- 
it." 

So it is evident that Moody himself, does 
not consider feelings to be a safe guide, and 
no doubt he has frequent occasion to be dis- 
gusted at the wild enthusiasm of some of his 
own converts. Wesley says it is Satan's do- 
ings. Have the Brethren ever denounced it 
in stronger terms? 

When men know they are doing right, 
they feel right, but men may be deceived, 
like Saul, the son of Kish (1 Sam. 15), and 
Saul of Tarsus (Acts chapters 15 and 22), 
think they are doing "God service" (JohnlG: 
2), and yet meet his disapprobation. 

God will "reward every man according as 
his work shall be," — not according as his 
feelings shall be. Matt. 25: 3L46; 1 Pet. 1: 
17; Bev. 22: 12. 

North Hampton, Ohio, Dec. 5, 1S85. 



OUR CONSCIENCE. 



BY J. B. MOATS. 



At the close of the day, should we have 
committed a wrong act, what makes us feel 
unpleasant, and wish we could live the day 
over again? Our conscience. 

If we have been idle only one hour during 
the day, undoubtedly at evening we will feel 
that we have lost something — something we 
know we will never be able to redeem ; but 
what causes this feeling, uninvited, to steal 
over us? Our conscience. 

'Tis our conscience that reproves us when 
we have done wrong; 'tis our conscience that 
"sears" us and makes us feel unpleasant. 

Conscience, conscience, let's see, what is 
it? 'Tis a finger-board to help us on our 
onward course. Young man, young woman, 
look well to the finger-boards you may have 
occasion to pass in life. 

Barely is there such a change in man that 
we could imagine one part of a man's life be- 
longed wholly to a different person. Oar vari- 
ations are few, exceptional, and generally 
slight. Great changes of character are hard- 
ly ever found more than once in the same 
man. 



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SPECIAL NOTICE. 



It has been our custom heretofore to dis- 
continue the Messenger at the expiration o£ 
the time for which it had been paid. Many 
of our Brethren feel that we should not do 
this. They want the paper, and if they do 
not renew at once, think we ought to con- 
tinue to send it. We have decided to try 
this plan, trusting that our Brethren and 
friends will appreciate our motive. We want 
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must be paid for it, so that we may continue 
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If, however, you do not ask us in this way 
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force our paper on any one. We shall, of 
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the paper, remain in our family of readers 
for the coming year. You can hand the sub- 
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your church, when you Bee him, or, if there 
is no agent in your locality, remit direct to 
us, at your earliest convenience. 



Bro. John J. Bowman, of Millersburg, 
Ind., wants the address of Peter Troyer, Or- 
egon. Who will send it to him? 



Please take notice that Bro. Landon 
West's address is West Alexandria, Preble 
Co., Ohio, and not Gratis, Ohio, as given in 
the Almanac. 

The brethren and sisters of Panora, Iowa, 
are rejoicing in the conversion and baptism 
of two sisters, who entered into covenant 
with Christ, Dec. 27. 



Bro. Martin Neher writes that the Osage 
church, Kan., is in a prosperous condition, 
and hopes that the good Lord will still con- 
tinue to smile upon them. 



Bro. Solomon Bucklew changes his ad- 
dress from Clifton Mills, W. Va., to Mark- 
leysburg, Fayette Co., Pa. His correspon- 
dents will please make a note of this. 



Bro. Yundt, and the church at Naperville, 
111., were made to rejoice on last Sunday, 
when his son came out on the Lord's side, 
and was received into the church by baptism. 

The Brethren of the Logan church, Ohio, 
expected to begin a series of meetings on the 
10th inst. Bro. O. P. Yount was to do the 
preaching. One was received by baptism in 
October. 

Bro. Samuel Bowman lives isolated from 
the Brethren, and wishes to have our minis- 
ters, who may travel that way, stop and 
preach in their neighborhood. His address 
is Bedington, Jackson Co., Ind. 



Our old brother, Isaac Cripe, says: "I am 
getting well stricken in years. Jan. 5 will be 
my seventieth birthday; yet I love to read 
the Messenger; it brings glad tidings, and I 
rejoice to hear so much good news." 

C. C. Arnold, of Wabash, Ind., under date 
of Dec. 29, writes that their meetings are in 
progress. Brethren Snell and Caylor are 
with them. One has been added to the fold 
by baptism, and many more are counting the 
cost. 

Bro. Jacob Boyer, of Essex, Iowa, would 
like to have a minister locate in that locality. 
He thinks it a good field for missionary 
work, and says if a minister comes, they will 
help all they can. Will the Mission Board 
of Iowa look after this call? 



Bro. J. M. Snyder, of Grundy Center, la., 
says they are still holding the fort. Bro. S. 
H. Miller preached six sermons for them re- 
cently. The prayer-meeting is growing in in- 
terest. Bro. S. would like to have the ad- 
dress of Peter Messner. Who will send it to 
him? 

The Brethren at Milledgeville, III, held a 
church-meeting on Saturday, the 2nd inat., 
at which Bro. S. Z. Sharp was chosen as the 
elder to take charge of the church at that 
place. Bro. Tobias Myers, Jr., was called to 
the ministry. May the Lord help these 
brethren to faithfully discharge the new du- 
ties and responsibilities placed upon them. 



The Brethren at Naperville, 111., expect to 
begin a series of meetings on the 16th inst. 
Brethren D. Bock and W. S. Toney are ex- 
pected to be with them and will assist in the 
work. May the Lord prosper the effort. 



We have a letter from Air Hill, Montgom- 
ery Co., O., containing a sum of money for 
the Messenger, signed, "A Sister." We 
must have the name of the writer before we 
can give the proper credit and send the pa- 
per. 

Our Sunday-school Quarterly is giving 
good satisfaction, and is just what is needed 
to help in the study of the Bible. Sunday- 
schools and Bible classes should order a sup- 
ply at once. The price is low, 20 copies 
for $1.00. Sample copies for examination, 
with a view of introducing the Quarterly, free. 



Our correspondents will exercise patience 
if their letters do not appear at once. We 
have more than we can possibly publish, not- 
withstanding we cut down and rewrite under 
the head of notes. Again we urge those who 
write church news to make their letters 
short. As a general thing, a postal card will 
contain the important news from your locali- 
ty. We want the news, and are thankful to 
those who send them, but we ask you all to 
be brief. 

We call attention to the quarterly report 
of Treasurer of the General Church Erection 
aud Missionary Committee, published in an- 
other column. Those who have forwarded 
money, will carefully examine it, and notice 
that all money sent is correctly reported. — 
Errors or omissions should be reported to D. 
L. Miller, Treasurer, Mt. Morrie, 111 , at once. 
Please notice that the report closes Jan. 5th, 
and money received by the Treasurer after 
this date will appear in the next report. 



Our brethren here at Mt. Morris have not 
been idle during the Holiday vacation. Bro. 
D. E. Price preached for the Brethren at 
Bock Creek, 111., Bro. J. G. Boyer spent the 
vacation at Covington, Ohio, where he held a 
series of meetings, Bro. S. Z. Sharp held 
forth the Word at Lanark, 111., Bro. Orr vis- 
ited the churches at Waterloo, Iowa, and Bro. 
G. B. Boyer and wife were with the Breth- 
ren at Naperville, 111., where Bro. B. gave 
instruction in singing. All spent a pleasant 
and profitable time. 



Bro. J. M. Hilbert says: "We closed our 
meetings at Mill Creek, Va., Dec. 29th, with 
eleven additions. After preaching fifteen 
sermons at that place, we felt we had to close 
too soon, having to leave, to labor at other 
points. All our meetings were well attend- 
ed, and at the last the interest was as good as 
heart could wish. Every member seemed to 
be at work in good earnest, working, praying 
and singing. Those songs of Zion will ring 
long in my ears. The young sisters at Mill 
Creek, with zeal and wisdom, are at work and 
are not ashamed of the gospel, but are point- 
ing many to 'the Lamb that taketh away the 
sins of the world.' May God help them to 
stand firm. All the congregations seem to 
be in working order." 



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Beo. J. G. Boyer reports a good interest 
in the meetings at Covington, Ohio. Three 
were made willing to accept Christ, and were 
baptized. Others are not far from the King- 
dom. 

On Sunday, the 3rd inst., we had the pleas- 
ure of meeting with the Brethren at Polo. — 
Owing to the rain but few were present, but 
we realized, as we haye often done before, 
that the Lord blesses the few as well as the 
many. Brethren Fahrney and Gilbert 
preached and gave us some practical thoughts 
on the fruitage of Christian life. The Breth- 
ren have a comfortable house in Polo; one 
thing they lack, however. They could and 
ought to have a good Sunday-school in pro- 
gress. Come, Brethren, go to work, the time 
is short. The season of sowing is rapidly 
passing away. Soon we shall rest in our 
graves; let us work for the Lord before the 
night comes. Behold, while we tarry and 
wait, immortal souls are perishing. Who will 
heed the Master's call to work in his vine- 
yard? 

One of our agents says he asked a brother 
to subscribe for the Messenger, and he re- 
fused, on the ground that the paper is too 
outspoken on the temperance question. We 
are sorry for the brother; sorry to think that 
any of our brethren should feel offended 
when we denounce intemperance. God have 
mercy on the professed Christian who has 
any sympathy for the cause of intemperance, 
that is now sweeping over the world like a 
holocaust, destroying millions of souls annu- 
ally. As for the Messenger, it will give no 
uncertain sound on this evil. Our church, 
for over a century, has been a strong temper- 
ance society. We point to the record with 
feelings of gratification; and so long as the 
Lord gives us power, will we use our voice 
and pen against this monster evil which was 
born of Satan. 



The following letter from one of our active 
agents will explain itself. We wonder 
whether those Brethren who excuse them- 
selves from taking their own church paper on 
account of hard times, and then take a secu- 
lar or political paper, realize what they are 
losing for themselves and their families. No 
brother can afford to deprive himself and his 
family of the privilege of reading a religious 
paper, much less to supplant such a paper 
with one of the character described by our 
agent below. We withhold the writer's 
name, as the letter is a private one: 

Dear Brethren: — 

I send you a list of subscribers for the 
Messenger. Some say they cannot take the paper 
owing to the hard times, and yet they own 100 acres 
of land and have plenty of everything. Our min- 
isters advised and admonished the members at our 
last quarterly meeting to take the Messenger — 
We have a membership of about one hundred, and, 
so far, only nine have subscribed for the paper. I 
think I could find among our members twenty-live 
or thirty small political papers, the one-half of 
which are filled with advertisements, and the oth- 
er half with matter that is not edifying, for which 
they pay from 91.60 to $2.00 per year in advance. — 
To drop our church paper, and take such papers, 
because of hard times, is not as it should be, and L 
wonder whether it will be pleasing to our Divine 
Master. *** 



QUERISTS' DEPARTMENT. 



Please give U3 an explanation of the 9th verse of the 
10th chapter of John. It reads thus: "I am the door: 
by me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall 
go in and out, and find pasture. " Is it going out of one 
dispensation into the other, or going out of one church 
into the other, or out of the church militant into the 
church triumphant, which the Savior has an allusion to? 
And also the lGtb verse of this same chapter, which is as 
follows: "And other sheep I have which are not of this 
fold." Were those the Jews that were in this fold, or 
were they the believing Jews and Gentiles both? And 
to whom does he allude, when he says, "Other sheep I 
have which are not of this fold?" Elizabeth Baum. 

Shannon, 111. 

1. In parables there is usually one leading 
feature, designed to teach the spiritual truth 
that is to be taught. There may be more 
than one, but there is commonly one prom- 
inent in the parable that is to be sought 
to illustrate the spiritual truth that is to be 
illustrated. But it is not advisable to seek 
an application of every circumstance con- 
tained in the parable. In the parable of the 
shepherd, that in which the words occur of 
which an explanation is asked, our Lord 
compares himself to a shepherd. And the 
words we are attempting to explain have ref- 
erence to the privileges and enjoyment of the 
sheep of Christ's flock, or of his disciples. — 
He is "the good Shepherd." And as a good 
shepherd will provide for his sheep in sum- 
mer and in winter, as he will, at the proper 
time, lead them into the fold, and protect and 
feed them there, and then again take them 
out into the pasture, and thus furnish them 
with food and shelter, so does our heavenly 
Shepherd do for his people, for those who 
have entered by him, as the door, into his 
sheepfold. He provides for them in every 
season of the year, or in all the vicissitudes 
of their mutable lives. And as they go from 
one place to another, led by his providence, 
truth and Spirit, his provisions adapted to 
their various and numerous wants, meet 
them. 

Thus, in "passing through the valley of 
Baca make it a well ; the rain also filleth the 
pools. They go from strength to strength, 
every one of them in Zion appear eth before 
God." Ps. 84: 6, 7. And the 11th verse of 
the foregoing psalm, expresses very fully, 
and beautifully the substance of our Lord's 
words, "They shall go in and out and find 
pasture." The language of that verse is, 
"For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the 
Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing 
will he withhold from them that walk up- 
rightly." The full import of the words of 
our Lord that we are considering, is the am- 
ple provision that he has made to supply his 
people. And they can truly say, "the Lord 
is my Shepherd; I shall not want." There 
is such liberty and variety in their experi- 
ence as to afford them both profit and pleas- 
ure. 

2. The other sheep referred to we under- 
stand to be the Gentiles. Our Lord said to 
the woman of Samaria, "Salvation is of the 



Jews." There is a sense in which salvation 
may be said to be of the Jews. To them 
"pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and 
the covenants, and the giving of the law, and 
the service of God, and the promises; whose 
are the fathers, and of whom, as concerning 
the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, God 
blessed forever." Rom. 9: 4, 5. And salva- 
tion was first offered to them, and the fold or 
church of Christ was first composed of Jew- 
ish believers. And when he spoke of "this 
fold," he probably meant those that then 
composed his church, and these were Jews. 
But the heathen also were given to Christ 
for an inheritance, and the uttermo&t parts 
of the earth for a possession. Ps. 2: 8. And 
Paul, in speaking of Christ and his designs, 
relative to both Jews and Gentiles, says, 
"And that he might reconcile both unto God 
in one body by the cross, having slain the en- 
mity thereby; and came, and preached peace 
to you which were afar off, and to them that 
were nigh." Eph. 2: 16, 17. The Gentiles 
were those that were afar off, and the Jews 
those that were nigh. But they were all to 
be gathered into one fold, or one body; — 
"There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye 
are called in one hope of your calling." Eph. 
4:4. 

Some have doubted the propriety of apply- 
ing the term sheep to sinners, thinking that 
it should be only applied to the people of 
God, and hence apply the words "other 
sheep" to another class of the people of God, 
apart from the disciples which our Lord had 
around him when he uttered the parable of 
"the good shepherd" and "one fold." 

But the term sheep is applied to the un- 
converted. It seems to be so applied in the 
following passages: "For ye were as sheep 
going astray; but are* now returned unto the 
Shepherd and Bishop of your souls." 1 Pet. 
1: 25. "What man of you, haviDg an hun- 
dred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not 
leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness 
and go after that which is lost, until he find 
it?" Luke 15: 4. Here the stray sheep 
seem, to represent all the lost. The words 
"other sheep," are generally applied, and we 
think justly, to the Gentiles. j, Q, 



A. M. NOTICE. 



In compliance with the wishes of many brethren, the 
Committee of Arrangement* had under consideration the 
ptopriety of changing the time of holding the A. XI . of 
1886 to the first of June, as Pentecost comes so lute that 
the southern part of the Brotherhood will probably be in 
the midst of harvest, and therefore many dear members 
cannot attend the meeting. It is also an unfavorable 
time tor this locality, and the Standing Committee has 
nearly unanimously repotted in favor of the change re- 
let red to, but the decision ot l- s <i, Ait. M, makes the 
Committee of Arrangements powerless in the matter, and 
therefore the coming Conference will begin on Tuesday 
after PMteooat, as usual. 

By Order of Committee of Arrangements, 

Jesse Stttsm.vn. Sec. 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



NOTES FROM OUR CORRESPONDENTS. 



"Ae cold water is to a thirst? soul, so is good news from 
a far country. 



— Bro. A. J. Peebler writes that their 
church is alive and at work. They have had 
eight accessions recently and some appear to 
be near the kingdom. Brethren J. A. Boot 
and A. L. Fearsall are the elders, and are 
doing a good work. 

— Bro. C. C. Arnold, of Wabash, Ind.,writes 
of their Thanksgiving-meeting, Nov. 26. 
They had an enjoyable meeting for which they 
give God the praise. They held their quar- 
terly council, Dec. 6th. They arranged to 
hold a series of meetings, expecting Bro. Ja- 
cob Snell to be with them. 

— Sister Susie Firestone, of Mingona, Kan., 
writes of the prospects of building up a 
church in that place. Bro. Joseph Glick 
preaches the word for them. Brethren Smith 
and Ennis are with them. They ask an in- 
terest in the prayers of God's people, that 
they may be faithful in the work of the Lord. 

— Bro. Jacob I. Hager, of Wiley, Morris 
Co., Kan., appeals to the brethren to come 
and help to preach the word there. He says: 
"The G. M. is our preacher, and would not 
do without it. We greatly rejoice to read 
the good news from the churches. We de- 
sire an interest in the prayers of all, so that 
we may be faithful to the end." 

— Sister Myrtie Myers sends us a report 
of the dedication of the Brethren's meeting- 
house at Burr Oak, Kan., Dec. 20. Bro. M. 
M. Eshelman preached the dedicatory ser- 
mon to a large and attentive congregation. — 
In the evening, services were again held, Bro. 
E. preaching the Word with power, to the ed- 
ification of all. May those who heard him 
not be forgetful doers. 

— Bro. J. S. Shauffer of Osceola, Kan., 
writes that love and harmony prevails among 
them. A number of members are moving in- 
to their church, which gladdens and encour- 
ages thfim. All seem well pleased with the 
country. They have a mild climate, plenty 
of fruit and cheap land. Bro. Noah Longa- 
necker has been preaching for them, wielding 
the sword of the Spirit with power. 

— Bro. R. H. Hunter writes us about their 
church work at Spring Creek, Kosciusko Co., 
Ind. At their council held Nov. 26th, they 
decided to elect a minister and two deacons. 
The choice fell on David Snell for the min- 
try, and three brethren were chosen as dea- 
cons, Robert Ross, George Hardman and 
Lewis Mishler. Bro. S. Gump and J. 0. 
Murray remained with them and preached 
ten days, which, it is to be hoped, will result 
in much good to the church. 

— Sister Sarah A. Miller, of Lewistown, 
Ohio, has good words for the Messenger 
"I feel thankful to you for the good paper 
you are giving us to read and I hope you 
will continue in the good work. May God 
bless you for I know it is a heavy burden 
that you have to bear, and you have need of 
divine aid. I derive much good from the 
Messenger and as soon as I have read it I 
give it to others that all my friends may read 
it." 



— From the South Keokuk church, Iowa, 
M. C. Wonderlich writes that they had a se- 
ries of meetings, beginning Nov. 27 and con- 
tinuing to Dec. 4. The meetings were con- 
ducted by Bro. Gable, of New Sharon, Iowa. 
The result of the meeting was that two young 
sisters gave their hearts to God and were 
baptized. The church is much strengthened. 

— Bro. I. D. Barker, of Ashland, Ohio, says: 
"Have recently returned from a short visit 
to the Chippewa Church, Wayne Co., Ohio. 
Was with the church about a week, trying to 
hold forth the Word. No accessions, yet we 
trust the dear members will have many gold- 
en sheaves in the great day as a reward for 
their earnest work. They recently built 
an addition to the Beech Grove church- 
house, thus fitting it for communion seasons. 
Their love-feast on the 20th was largely at- 
tended and a very refreshing season to the 
church." 

— Bro. J. F. Gauby writes a short essay on 
"Actions" from which we gather these points. 
"Actions speak louder than words. By right 
actions we help to build up the church and 
bring precious souls to the marvelous light 
of the gospel. By our actions we should 
show that we are the salt of the earth and a 
light to the world. By watching and pray- 
ing we may escape the wiles of the tempter. 
They that do his commandments may enter 
in through the gates into the City." What 
a blessed thought this is, to fill our hearts 
and minds with the purity of life in Jesus. 

— Bro. S. D. Beachly, of Spencer, Clay Co., 
Iowa, sends us this report of work done there: 
"In September, 1884, Bro. M. Beachly held a 
few meetings, the first ever held by the 
Brethren. Bro. S. H. Miller preached eight 
sermons in November and December of the 
same year. May, 1885, brethren Beachly and 
Miller were with us again, and in November 
Bro. Miller gave us ten sermons. We had 
the best of attention. One was received by 
baptism and others almost persuaded, but 
they said, 'Go thy way now, we will come at 
some more suitable time.' This is a new 
field; no organized church here. Only thir- 
teen members are known to live in the coun- 
ty. We desire a good minister to move here. 
If ministers traveling through here will stop 
with us, and inform the writer, they will be 
met at the depot." 

— From Lower Cumberland, Pa., Bro. H. 
Beelman says: "Bro. J. M. Mohler has been 
with us from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12. Preached 
sixteen sermons, and officiated at the funeral 
of mother Landis, stepmother of Bro. Daniel 
Landis. Bro. Mohler's preaching was truly 
enjoyable to the believer. He did not only 
preach with power and in demonstration of 
the Spirit, but in his pleasant way would de- 
fy any one to 'prove by the Scriptures of di- 
vine truth that there are two ways of saving 
souls.' The meetings were well attended, 
with good order. Many were made to trem- 
ble at the Word. Two have yielded to the 
truth and have applied for baptism, and 
many others are almost persuaded. We de- 
sire to thank God for his remembrance of us, 
and ask his blessing to abide with those 
whom he has sent forth to preach his word." 



— Sister Laura A. Dial, writing from Gam- 
bier, Knox Co., O., says they are laboring for 
the cause of the Master. She also has a good 
word for the Messenger. "I know if we had 
not taken the Messenger and given it to our 
neighbors to read, some would not be in the 
church to-day, who are now among our best 
members. Brethren and sisters, you who are 
not taking the Messenger, send for it at 
once. Attended the love-feast at Ashland. 
The meeting was enjoyable, and we felt it 
was good to be there. One of our neighbors, 
an elderly lady, went with us and was baptiz- 
ed while at the meeting." 

— Bro. Samuel Murray says: "My wife and I 
made a short visit to a son of mine in An- 
drews, same county. From there we took 
the train for Burnetts Creek, White Co., to 
visit a daughter of mine with her family. 
She is married to David L. Fisher. While 
there, united their oldest daughter and John 
Sieber of Carroll Co., in the bonds of holy 
matrimony. I have now two grandchildren 
married, and one great grandchild. If I live 
till the first day of April next I will be 
eighty years old. We came home yesterday; 
had fine weather for our visit which we en- 
joyed very much. Thank the Lord." 

— Bro. J. M. Hilbert writes: "Yesterday 
closed our labor in the Beaver Creek Run, 
Va., district. Our ten meetings were scatter- 
ed over the district, not having more than 
three meetings at one place. At each 
meeting the children seemed to be interested 
in the good work. Our labor was scattered, 
for the benefit of the children and especially 
the older ones who were not able to go any 
distance to meeting. As to all outward ap- 
pearance, there has been no work done. 
Brethren, I think what work has been done 
had a tendency to build up Zion, uniting the 
children and confirming them in the faith of 
Christ. In these meetings I have realized 
that there is strength to my soul. May the 
Lord bless these good brethren and sisters. 
I go to Mill Creek to-day." 

— Bro. J. E. Young, of the North Beatrice 
church, Neb., writes as follows: "The work 
is moving on slowly with us. Two were bap- 
tized in the fall and one earlier in the sum- 
mer. Our Sunday-school grew in interest, 
and, we trust, in good works from spring to 
fall. We had set a day for closing in the 
fall. Many were so interested in the good 
cause that they requested to have the sohool 
continue all winter. It was left to a vote, 
and only one voted against it. Since then 
the sohool has been moving on with fresh im- 
pulse. Far out upon the prairie, eight miles 
from town, and another Sunday-school with- 
in two and one-half miles, we gather from 
forty to sixty in the school of the Lord, week- 
ly. Not only children and young people at- 
tend, but the leaders in the church are very 
active and help much. It seems like Chris- 
tian work to see the shepherd among the 
sheep instead of sending the lambs out to 
pasture; and best of all is we have a prayer- 
meeting weekly — on Thursday night, where 
we see the same flock with their shepherds. 
I am glad for the example of the early 
church meeting together to pray." 






THE GOSPEL MESSENGER, 



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— Bro. J. R. Royer, of Durlach, Pa., writes 
that they expect to hold a series of meetings 
at the Middle Creek meeting-house, and they 
hoped to have Bro. J. M. Mohler with them. 
Bro. Royer feels sorry to see many dear 
friends out in the world, traveling on the 
broad road that leads to eternal death, and 
urges all to turn to the Lord before it is too 
late. In the Ephrata church a choice was 
held for deacon, and Bro. H. D. Royer was 
called to that responsible position. The 
White Oak church is also in a prosperous 
condition, and is gathering in many sheaves. 
They are enlarging their meeting-houses to 
accommodate the flock. 

— Sister Amanda Witmore, of Center- 
view, Mo., says: "We*intend to hold a series 
of meetings in the near future. Daring the 
month of November and up to the 8 th of this 
month we were having delightful weather and 
excellent roads. Winter has now set in and 
we have splendid sleighing. Health is good 
and we have much to be thankful for. We 
have just had a pleasant visit from sister 
Martha E. Seaman, my husband's sister, and 
her son George from Ohio. They were much 
delighted with parts of our country. Sister 
Martha spent her fiftieth birthday with us, 
though up in years and in delicate health, she 
enjoyed her trip well and thinks it a benefit 
to her and her son's health; they have now re- 
turned and we had to take the "parting 
hand." . 

— Bro. W. H. Brackitt, of Dedlum, Iowa, 
says: "Bro. J. D. Haughtelin, of Panora, 
Iowa, preached in our school-house Friday 
night, Saturday night, Sunday and Sunday 
night on the subject, "The Sabbath." The 
people of this place have been led to believe by 
Adventist preachers that the Decalogue or 
ten commandments are binding on the 
Christian and that Saturday should be ob- 
served as the day of rest. Bro. Haughtelin 
magnified the law and presented it in such a 
manner that no unprejudiced person could 
help being convinced. Although interrupted 
a few times, the Word, accompanied by the 
Spirit seemed to carry conviction to the 
hearts of honest men and women. May the 
choicest blessings of heaven rest on him and 
the Spirit strengthen him for his work." 

— Bro. F. P. Cordier writes from the Mul- 
berry church, Ohio. He is the only minis- 
ter in that arm of the church and hopes the 
brethren and sisters will remember them. 
Bro. Isaac Frantz, of Pleasant Hill, Ohio was 
with them Dec. 16, and preached the Word 
with power until the evening of the 20th. 
The result was, three precious souls were 
made willing to join with the people of God. 
On Sunday they were baptized into Christ 
to walk in newness of life, and on Sunday 
night another soul said, "I want to serve the 
living God," "and in the same hour of the 
night was baptized." They now number 
twenty- five members. The brother closes by 
Baying, "May we so live that others may see 
that we are in earnest. By this others may 
be induced to turn to God, as obedience to 
Him is the only true source of true and abid- 
ing happiness. 



— Sister Kate Eisenbise, of Morrill, Kan., 
sends us a short essay to encourage those 
who are weak. She says: "I sometimes have 
felt so weak and undone, that I wondered 
why the Lord spared my life. At times I 
felt discouraged in the good work, and be- 
came cold and indifferent because some pro- 
fessed Christians came so short of doing 
their duty; and I wondered whether there 
was any reality in Christianity. But I thank 
God that my blessed Savior was not willing 
to give me over and to-day I love him more 
than ever and will serve him until he calls 
me home. I write to encourage others who 
may become discouraged. Put your trust in 
Jesus and you will realize something you 
never experienced before. Ah, what sweet 
comfort this trust brings to the soul. We 
should be careful that we do not discourage 
others by fault-finding and talking about ev- 
erything we see. May the Lord bless us all 
in efforts to serve him." 

— From Kingwood, Pa., Bro. G. W. Lowry 
writes: "We are glad to say our church is fin- 
ished and dedicated to the worship of God. 
Dedication took place, Dec. 6th. Eld. J. C. 
Johnson, of Uniontown, Pa., was with ub and 
spoke the Word in its purity and with might 
and power. He endeared himself to us by 
ties of friendship which can only be increas- 
ed by that perfection which we anticipate on 
the other shore. The weather was very in- 
clement during our meeting, so the attend- 
ance was not so large but attentive. We be- 
lieve that lasting impressions were made and 
that some are near the kingdom. Our pray- 
er is that the spark will be kindled into a glow- 
ing flame by their obedience to his word. 
The building is made of best material and 
well furnished and cost $697.93. A little aid 
on the part of any of the brethren or sisters 
will be gratefully received and duly acknowl- 
edged if sent either to writer or Eld. Josiah 
Berkley, Glade, Pa. Our indebtedness is 
about $200. Remember "God loveth a cheer- 
ful giver." A Sunday-school will be organiz- 
ed in it as soon as spring opens, and we 
will use Brethren's Lesson Leaves, etc., hoping 
that our cause may prosper here as well as at 
all other placesin the Brotherhood." 

— Bro J. H. Moore, writing from the Sun- 
ny Climes of the South, says: "We had our 
council-meeting yesterday, Dec. 16, and de- 
cided to haye our love-feast on Saturday and 
Sunday, Feb. 13 and 14, commencing at 3 P. 
M., Saturday. We hope some of those from 
the North can arrange to be with us. At 
present we have nearly forty members in this 
county. Several families have moved in of 
late. We are still doing what we can in the 
way of building up the good cause. The 
weather this winter has been much cooler 
than last winter. We have had several frosts, 
but none heavy enough to hurt the orange 
trees. In my Florida home I enjoy the Mes- 
senger very much. When I read of your 
good meetings and large congregations, I 
sometimes long for the stir and excitement 
of active church work, but when I think of 
your cold winters, big snow banks and mud- 
dy roads, I feel glad that some unseen power 
directed my footsteps to Florida. I would 



write more for the Messenger, but winter is 
the best time to work here, and I am kept 
very busy. I will have more leisure during 
the summer months; then I can write when 
most of the Northern contributors are too 
buey to prepare matter for the press." 

CORRESPONDENCE. 

" Write what thou seeet— and send it unto the churches." 
In IYIeinoii;m>. 



Sister Maria Shiver died Dec. 7th, in the 
Sandy church, Columbiana Co., Ohio. Her 
age was 27 years, 6 months, and 10 days. She 
took much delight in study; being endowed 
with a bright intellect she became able to 
teach school at the age of sixteen, which voca- 
tion she followed until about one year ago. 
Her disease was consumption. She died in 
the full hope of eternal joy. She was natur- 
ally of an affectionate and obliging disposi- 
tion, pleasant and agreeable. She was high- 
ly esteemed and much loved by all who had 
formed her acquaintance. Daring the last 
year of her life, she devoted much time to 
the reading of the Scriptures and hoped that 
she might regain her health and attend 
church and become connected with the same. 
Bat when she saw that her life was short, she 
made application to be received into the 
church. The brethren sent for, came, and 
she was taken down into the stream and bur- 
ied by baptism into Christ and arose to walk 
in newness of life. During the last few 
weeks of her life she expressed a desire to 
be at rest. She was repeatedly heard pray- 
ing for her Master to come and take her 
her home. On account of failing to get a 
ministering brother, the funeral services 
were conducted by Rev. Brown of the M. E. 
church, from Job 23: 10. J. J. Hoover. 



From York, York Co., Neb. 



The Beaver Creek Church met in council 
Saturday, Dec. 12 th. All business was dis- 
posed of in a very satisfactory manner. We 
remembered Bro. Hope, and made an effort 
to raise some money to assist in purchasing 
him a home. I am one of the solicitors in 
this church and have received by cash and 
subscription $11.45 for that purpose and as 
yet have seen but few of the brethren. Will 
get what I oan in addition to this and send 
it to you by the 1st of March. Many of the 
brethren of Beaver Creek church are poor 
and none of them rich. We do not wish to 
render undue praise, but if all the breth- 
ren elsewhere would give as liberally to this 
cause, in proportion to their means, it would 
be but a short time until Bro. Hope 
would have a home. We have often thought 
if the brethren would give as much of this 
world's goods for the support of the King- 
dom of Christ, as they do for the support of 
this world, namely, our civil government, how 
soon would the gospel in all its beauty, sim- 
plicity, and purity, be preached to the utter- 
most parts of the earth. And how often 
might the angels of heaven have reason to re- 
joice because of the many thousands turning 



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THE GOSPEL MESBBNGBB. 



to Christ, who, as it is, have not the opportun- 
ity of hearing the gospel in its purity. And 
if they cannot hear, how can they believe? 
For "faith cometh by hearing, and hearing, 
by the Word of God." Rom. 10: 17. 
Dec. 19, 1885. E. J. Zekn. 



Treasurer's Report. 

Report of the Treasurer of the General 
Church Erection and Missionary Committee, 

of money received for the quarter ending 
Jan. 5, 188G. 

GENERAL MISSION FUND. 

Rock River church, Lee Co., Ill $ 42 00 

John Barthel, Jetmore, Kan 6 90 

J. J. Cart, Morrisonville, 111 1 05 

Logan church, Logan Co., O 7 72 

Pleasant Ridge church, Montgomery 

Co., O 2 45 

W. W. Folger, Osceola, la 1 00 

The church of Southern California . . 2 10 

Fairview church, Appanoose Co., la . 1 70 

Christ. Legrone, Carothers, 50 

Arnold's Grove ch'b, Carroll Co., 111. 9 00 

Howard church, Howard Co., Ind ... 6 00 

Big Grove church, la 5 37 

Pigeon Creek church, 111 2 35 

Greenland church, Grant Co., W. Va. 10 00 

Church at Timberville, Ya 10 00 

Black River church, Medina Co.,'0. . 9 56 

Fairview church, Blair Co., Pa 14 00 

Brothers' Valley church, Somerset 

Co., Pa 7 50 

Jacob Lerew, Latimer, Adams Co., 

Pa 1 00 

Loudonville church, Loudonville, . 3 35 

Geo. Hussuck, Leaskdale, Can 2 00 

H. H. Harnly, Auburn, 111 1 00 

Andrew Harnly, Auburn, 111 1 00 

Mary Krider, Auburn, 111 1 00 

Two sisters, Huntingdon Co., Pa 100 00 

Pleasant Grove Sunday-school, 111.. . 45 

Mt. Morris Sunday-school, 111 33 63 

J. W. Gripe, Milford, Ind 50 

Upper Fall Creek church, Ind 17 22 

Levi Riley, Los Angeles, Cal 1 50 

Huntingdon church, Huntingdon, Pa. 13 26 

Macoupin Creek church, 111 9 00 

Neri Swihart, Tippecanoe, Ind 50 

Mrs. Annie S. Gable, Osceola, la 3 00 

Aughwick church, Huntingdon Co., 

Pa 8 72 

D. L. Miller, sale of "Europe and Bi- 
ble Lands" 68 41 

Johnstown church, Johnstown, Pa. . 7 25 

Covington church, Covington ; O 20 32 

West Otter Creek church, 111 6 00 

Salem church Sunday-school, Reno 

Co., Kan 14 25 

North Beatrice Sunday-school, Gage 

Co., Neb 4 30 

Geo. Renner, Curlew, W. Ty 1 00 

Marcus church, la 12 40 

Indian Creek church, la 4 35 

A Brother in Va 1 00 

Spring Creek church, Ind 1 15 

Kingsley church, la 2 00 

Middlefork church, Ind 23 80 

R. A. Smith, Chicago, 111 1 00 

A Sister, Avon, 111 2 00 

Franklin Davidson, Erkinsville, Ore. 2 50 

Henry Myers, Ind 3 00 

Lizzie Wright, Ind 55 



Mrs. Ella Buckwalter, Bareville, Pa. 5 00 

Salem church, Montgomery Co., O. . 10 00 

Pine Creek church, Ogle Co., 111. . . . 3 75 

Mary Wilson, la 5 00 

Tobias Kimmel, Elderton, Pa 2 50 

Naperville church, 111 5 00 

Chippewa church, Wayne Co., O 10 00 

D. P. Keefer, Anaconda, Mont 1 00 

Yellow Creek ch'h, Elkhart Co., Ind. 3 25 

J. R. Lerew, Latimore, Pa 2 00 

English River church, la 13 39 

Barbara Guthrie, Brandonville, W. 

Va 3 70 

Lorimer church, Shelby Co., Ind 5 00 

Hannah Ramer, St. Martins, Mo 26 

Yellow Creek church, 111 6 75 

Maple Valley church, la 17 40 

Massissinewa church, Ind 6 28 

Mary A. Paul, Dillsburg, Pa 50 

Nettie A. Baxter, Bourbon, Ind 50 

Eliza A. Baxter, Bourbon, Ind 25 

M. F. Brooks, Side, W. Va 50 

Millmine church, 111 3 35 

Abram Schwantz Liberty ville, la... 40 

Geo. Isabell, Fairfield, Neb 1 00 

Grove church, Miami Co., 1 06 

Allie Only, Decatur, la 50 

Mrs. J. Harshbarger, West Milton, O. 50 

Samuel Neher, Reiffsburg, Ind 50 

Fanny Fogle, La Paz, Ind 50 

Waddam's Grove church, 111 20 00 

Ludlow church, Pittsburg, 2 50 

Turkey Creek ch'h, Pawnee Co., Neb. 1 50 

Macoupin Creek church, 111 8 65 

Nettle Creek ch'h, Wayne Co., Ind. . 11 00 

Shannon church, Carroll Co., Ill 7 05 

Samuel Rairigh, Blacklick, Pa 1 00 

Elizabeth Eahelman, Dayton, O 52 

Mountville ch'h, Lancaster Co., Pa. . 22 00 

Elizabeth Spindler, Woodland, Mich. 1 00 

Potato Creek church, Ind 1 00 

Catharine Bays, Russelville, W. Va. 1 00 
Johnsville church, Montgomery Co., 

Va 3 00 

Dickey church, Ashland, 1 25 

Loraine church, 111 1 55 

Hurricane Creek church, 111 3 30 

0akl9y church, Cerro Gordo, 111 7 75 

Cordelia A. Whaley, Velpen, Ind ... 50 

P. Helser and daughter, Somerset, O. 2 00 

Belleville church, Republic Co., Kan. 2 40 

A brother and sister, Banta, Cal .... 3 00 

Susan Eby, Nora, 111 1 00 

Lamotte church, Crawford Co., Ill . . . 2 95 

Rock River church, Lee Co., 111. . . . 52 00 

Silver Creek church, Ogle Co., 111. . . 42 60 

RECEIVED FOR THE DANISH AND SWEDISH 
MISSION. 

Maple Grove Sunday-school, Ashland, 

O $ 4 72 

Jacob P. Lerew, Latimore, Pa 2 00 

L. E. Weaver, Ind 1 50 

N. C. Nielsen, Abilene, Kan 1 00 

Andrew Kreps, McVeytown, Pa 50 

D. B. Lehman, Marcus, la 2 00 

A Sister, Sangersville, Pa 1 00 

Simon Harshman, Rogerville, 1 00 

Peter Long, New Germantown, Pa.. . 5 00 

South Bend church, Ind 10 00 

Canton church, Stark Co., 5 90 

Spring Creek church, Ind 2 95 

Eva Eby, Wawaka, Ind 25 00 

Freeburg Sunday-school, Stark Co., O. 9 20 



Reading Sunday-school, Columbiana, 

O 3 32 

Pleasant Valley church, Ind 1 75 

Maumee church, Defiance Co., 2 23 

Tobias Kimmel, Elderton, Pa 2 50 

South Waterloo Sunday-school, la. . . 13 68 

German Settlement church, W. Va. . . 4 50 

A Sister in Christ, Steamboat Rock, la. 8 50 

E. J. Zern, Solicitor, York, Neb 1 00 

Grundy church, Grundy Co., la 7 25 

Peter Delp, Conrad Grove, la 3 50 

North Fork church, Ind 6 25 

Samuel Ross, West Madison, Mich ... 5 00 

Elizabeth Eshelman, Dayton, O 50 

Elizabeth Spindler, Woodland, Mich . 50 

A. E. Evans, Lancaster, Pa 1 00 

F. J. Evans, Lancaster, Pa 1 00 

R. F. Mowbray, Parnassas, Va 25 

Lorimer church, Shelby Co., 2 00 

Lamotte church, 111 75 

Amount of $6 00 credited to General Fund 
should have been credited here, donated by 
Lower Cumberland church, Pa. 

SISTERS' mission. 

Elizabeth J. Hunt, Pomeroy, W. Ty . . 7 00 

Sisters of Knob Creek ch'h, E. Tenn. 2 00 
Bible Class, Upper Cumberland ch'b, 

Pa 1 00 

Annie Benbow, Altamont, Kan 10 

May B. Yost, New Paris, Ind 1 00 

Hannah Zumbrun, Wolf Lake, Ind ... 1 00 

J osie Wilson, Mt. Carroll, 50 

Maria Macdonald, Neb 1 00 

Letitia Stout, la 50 

Annie Kob 50 

Jemima Kob 50 

Sisters' Mission Band, Mt. Morris, 111. 21 78 
Fannie Quinter, Treas. Sisters' Mis- 
sion 9 50 

Mary E. Hall, Latty, 30 

Priscilla Smith, Walkerton, Ind 1 00 

AMOUNT APPROPRIATED FOR MISSION WORK 
JAN. 5, 1886. 

For Bro. Hope's support $300 00 

For Mission in Sweden 50 00 

For Bro. Johansen in Denmark 50 00 

District of Oregon 100 00 

District of East Tenn 10 00 

District of N. W. Kan. and Col 25 00 

Traveling expenses of Com. in attend- 
ing meeting 15 61 

Postage stamps 1 00 

D. L. Miller, Treas. 



From Tuscarawas Church, Stark Co., O. 



As a little band of faithful followers we 
are doing the best we can to serve the Lord 
after our feeble way. As a church we are 
moving along in the even tenor of our way, 
laboring together harmoniously for the ex- 
tension of Christ's kingdom, the salvation of 
precious, never-dying souls. We wish to 
make known to the many readers of the 
Messenger that during the past summer we 
had a very interesting Sunday-school, which, 
we believe, has done a great amount of good, 
and which has been a source of comfort to 
all who attended. As it is not customary 
among us to continue the Sunday-school dur- 
ing the winter, we closed our school on Sun- 
day morning, Nov. 8. Among those present 
were Eld. Edward Loomis and David Secrist,- 



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of the Mt. Zion church. Bro. Loomis gave 
as a very interesting address. He spoke to 
the point, and I know his remarks were ap- 
preciated by all. Bro. Daniel Yutzey also 
made some very appropriate remarks, speak- 
ing more particularly as to the best methods 
of teaching God's Word to the young Sun- 
day-school scholars. This is a thought 
that has often claimed our attention, and I 
think it should demand our serious consider- 
ation. Christ's method of teaching was not 
like the scribes', who, in their zeal for the 
law, forgot the spirit of it. He did not use, 
like them, high-sounding titles, but in the 
simplest language and the most common il- 
lustrations, imparted the lessons of truth. — 
It waB not rhetorical and unstudied ; in it was 
contained the love of heaven. He used par- 
ables illustrating from nature what the peo- 
ple could not understand. Therefore it did 
not become teachers of Christianity to dive 
into the mysteries of science, but merely to 
look upon it as an evidence of Christ's glory. 
If Christian teachers to-day would follow the 
example of the Great Teacher, it is likely 
much more good might be accomplished. I 
wish also to state that our beloved elder, No- 
ah Longanecker, made some very appropri- 
ate remarks. Upon the whole, the occasion 
was an enjoyable one, and, towards the close 
of the exercises, a very solemn feeling pre- 
vailed over the entire audience, and not few 
were the tears that trickled down overthe 
cheeks of many present. Thus ended anoth- 
er summer's work, and what has been accom- 
plished thereby, eternity alone will reveal. 

On the 26tb, Thanksgiving Day, the breth- 
ren and sisters met at the Zion meeting- 
house, in compliance with the wishes of the 
Chief Magistrate of our land, to offer thanks 
to Almighty God for the innumerable bless- 
ings showered upon us the past year. After 
Thanksgiving services, the brethren and sis- 
ters labored together in council. Business 
of a perplexing nature was before the meet- 
ing, but all was disposed of in the spirit of 
kindness and unanimity of sentiment. We 
felt much encouraged during those meetings, 
and feel more and more, as we grow older, 
the responsibilities of life, and the impor- 
tance of more energetic work in the vineyard 
of the Lord. No preventing Providence, we 
expect to commence a series of meetings on 
Saturday evening, Dec. 19. Eld. Silas Hoo- 
ver, of Thornville, O., is expected to be with 
us and do the preaching. Brethren, pray for 
us, that great and lasting good may crown 
oar labors, and finally we all be so happy as to 
meet up yonder in that better clime where 
congregations never break up and Sabbaths 
never end. Reuben Shroyer. 



From Juniata, Ariums Co., Nob. 



I bid farewell to family and friends and 
boarded the train for Indiana and stopped off 
at Des Moines, Iowa to see the only sister, in 
the flesh, living. Had two meetings at that 
place. They live eight miles up Des Moines 

River. I left there on Monday, the 12th, 
at 3: 30 P. M. and arrived the next day at 
Buskirk, in Kosciusko Co., Ind., at 12 o'clock, 
and found my son and daughter and severs! 



of the friends, there, awaiting my arrival. 
My son conveyed me to his home and my 
daughter went along and staid over night. 
Bro. James Warren came by next morning 
and took me to a communion meeting in the 
Eel River congregation. Met with many of 
the brethren and sisters whom I had often 
met in former times. Had a* good and 
pleasant feast, good order and good attention 
to the Word preached. 

Met with brethren J. W. Metzger, of 
Carroll Co., Ind., and Frantz, from Ohio, and 
many others from adjoining districts. On 
the 15th returned to the district where I 
formerly lived and commenced a series of 
meetings. Hud six meetings and one funeral 
before their love-feast, which commenced on 
the 20fcb, and there I met with the brethren 
snd sisters with whom I had so many years 
associted. It brought many things of the 
past to my mind, of sorrows and trouble they 
had to pass through. They are now moving 
along in peace and harmony. Had a crowd- 
ed house, good order and attention, and a 
feast, indeed, to the soul. Several laboring 
brethren from adjoining districts were 
present. On the 22 ad I had meeting at the 
church where the communion was held and 
then, on the 23rd, Bro. Warren took me to a 
communion in the Walnut congregation, 
Marshall Co., near Argus. Met there with 
many brethren and sisters with whom I am 
acquainted. Bro. J. M. Miller, Milford, Ind., 
was there and several others. We had a good 
meeting — some baptized after the. meet- 
ing. Then returned to Beaver Dam congre- 
gation, and had two more meetings in the 
Brick church. Had good order and attention. 
Had a meeting at the church east of Silver 
Lake in the Eel River congregation, and then 
returned to Beaver Dam congregation and 
had seven more meetings there and then bid 
them farewell and started for Henry Co., 
where my aged father is still living; he is 
ninety-two years old less one month and 
seven days. Stopped at Mexico congregation 
at a church meeting where they held an elec- 
tion for two speakers and three visiting 
brethren and the choice for speaker fell on 
Jacob Fisher and Robert Metzger, and for 
deacon on Henry Balsbaugh, Levi Eikenberry 
and David Fellow. Bro. J. W. Metzger, of 
Bachelor Run, was there and gave the charge 
to the speakers though Robert Metzger was 
not present to hear the charge, and conse- 
quently, he was not installed, and the writer 
gave the visiting brethren their charge. 

On the 6th of November I went to Buck 
Creek to-day. On the 13th had a commun- 
ion meeting there, and met with Bro. Frantz, 
from Ohio, again, and others with him. Had 
a good meeting and good order. Bid fare- 
well, on the 16th, to my aged father, I think, 
for the last time in this life. He is an old 
veteran of the cross and has been a member of 
the church for sixty- six or sixty- seven years; 
has filled tho office of deacon for over forty 
years, in this churoh where I was chosen to 
the ministry in 1849. I arrived home on the 
18th of November, being gone six weeks less 
one day. Found all well, thank the Lord. 
David Bechtelheimer. 



Safe at Home. 



I will take this opportunity to inform my 
many inquiring brethren and friends that 
we arrived safe at home on the evening of 
the 9th, for which we feel to give our grate- 
ful thanks to our heavenly Father for his 
protection over us on our long journey. 
Thanks also to our many kind brethren and 
friends for their kindness to us. When we 
came home and began to inquire about our 
friends and brethren we found that six breth- 
ren have gone over to eternity. One, the 
last, our aged Bro. Michael Trostle ( father 
of I. D. Trostle), died the day we arrived 
home, so we were permitted to attend his 
funeral. Thus we are passing away and are 
admonished to get ready to meet it when it 
comes. 

We expect to commence a series of meet- 
ings on the thirteenth ; Bro. Ephraim Stoner 
will be here to labor for. us. May the good 
Lord send the converting and constraining 
power down to gather in the lost brethren. 
Lift up holy hands every- where in our behalf 
and the work will go forward. The grace of 
God help you to bear your burdens, as well 
as to guide your judgment in matter for pub- 
lication! C. L. Pfoutz- 

Gettysburg, Pa., Dec. 12th, 1885. 



From Gresliam, Multnomah Co., Oregon. 



The brethren and sisters of the Powell's 
Valley church met in quarterly council on 
Nov. 21, at the residence of Bro. John H. 
Metzger, about twelve miles east of Portland. 
There was considerable business before the 
meeting, and all was transacted in the spirit 
of love and meekness. The church held a 
choice for deacons and three were chosen. 
The lot fell on brethren, David Black, John 
H. Metzger and Franklin Day. May the 
Lord enable them to labor faithfully for his 
cause and kingdom, is my prayer. There 
was one brother received into the church by 
letter and one dear young soul, who was 
made willing to forsake sin, made application, 
and on the 22nd was received into the fold 
by baptism. May God help her and us to 
hold out faithful until death and obtain a 
crown of eternal life. There are others we 
think very near the kingdom; hope they will 
not put it off but will come while it is yet 
day, for the night will come when no man 
can work. The ministers present were Eld. 
David Brower of Macleay, Marion Co., and 
Bro. J. A. Royer, our home minister. As us- 
ual the brethren and sisters again rejoiced 
to see Eld. D. Brower, who is ever faithful 
to visit and care for the flock in his charge 
and who shuns not to preaoh the Word of 
God in its purity and simplicity. He has 
grown old in years, yet his desire for the sal- 
vation of souls appears uppermost in his 
mind. May the blessings of God rest upon 
him and may he reap the reward of the faith- 
ful at the end of this life. The prayers of 
God's children are asked in behalf of this 
church, that charity, peace and prosperity 
reign within her limits and that we hold oat 
faithful till the end and receive the promises 
of God's word. Margaret Metzuer. 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 



Book and Tract Committee. 



I received the By-Laws, etc., from the 
Board of Managers. I am glad that A. M. 
selected a Board of such energetic brethren 
to manage that great work. 

A. M. seldom does such a praiseworthy 
work, as this Book and Tract arrangement. 
And now if the writing talent in the church 
can be brought forward, to work as energet- 
ically as the Board of Managers, we shall 
soon have a good supply of books and pam- 
phlets to distribute when performing mission 
work. The missionary work of the church 
can be aided greatly by distributing tracts, 
and selling books which defend our re- 
ligious principles, and practices. We, here 
in the West, are poor; we cannot do much fi- 
nancially, to support the work, but we can do 
our part in distributing. We have a large 
field to work in on this Western frontier, and 
we are quite willing to do what we are able 
to do. 

Come, brethren and sisters, you that are 
blest with an abundance of this world's good, 
let us see you contribute "bountifully" and 
you will reap "bountifully" in the Lord's har- 
vest. Paul says, "He that sows bountifully, 
shall also reap BOUNTIFULLY." Breth- 
ren and sisters, do you believe this? I know 
that you believe; then show your "faith by 
your works." John Wise. 

Conway Springs, Kan. 



From Waddam's Grove Church, 111. 



On Nov. 15th, we had the pleasure of 
burying a brother in the chilly waters of the 
Pecatonica River. Next day, in company with 
Bro. Jos9ph Howe, we started to Kansas, trav- 
eling through Harvey, Sedgwick, Kingman, 
Barbour, Pratt, Stafford and Barton counties; 
visited quite a number of members; had some 
meetings in Harvey, Kingman, and Barton 
counties. Time and business forbade us visit 
ing some others, whose society we would 
have enjoyed very much. We had several 
meetings in the south-west part of Kingman 
county, where the Brethren never preached 
yet, it was very encouraging; strong solicita- 
tions to settle there, both by the people, and 
the good country. Some strong inducements 
are held out; a well- watered country, and 
Beemingly good society, but no members 
nearer than twelve miles West, in Pratt Co. In 
these parts, near a village named Brass, Bro. 
Howe purchased some land, and hopes he 
can be the means of settling quite a number 
of members in there; for, like many other 
places in Kansas and Nebraska, there is a 
good opening for the Brethren to get homes, 
and, at the same time, do much good in estab- 
lishing the cause. We, however, cast our 
mite with a few families of members, eleven 
miles north-west of Great Bend, Barton Co. 
If you wish to see and locate, write, or go to 
brother A. Buch, seven miles, or brother D. 
Bower, nine miles north-west of Great Bend, 
their post office, and you will be made wel- 
come; and if you are a preacher, and come at 
sunset, without notice, they will have a 
pretty fair congregation for you to speak to 
the same evening. They have a goodly land, 



and much desire for faithful members to 
move in. 

The more I travel through those western 
States, especially Kansas, the more 1 am im- 
pressed with the thought that the Brethren 
should use greater exertions to meet the great 
and growing demand, in spreading the 'gos- 
pel. Almost every county in the State has 
more or less scattered members in it, and 
calls for preaching. We feel encouraged 
in the ingathering in many places; and pray 
the Lord to still continue to bless the labors 
of the Brethren. Enoch Eby. 

Lena, 111. 



To the Southern District of Kansas. 



Dear Brethren, you will remember that 
we passed at our last D. M. an article rela- 
ting to the mission work, and by referring to 
the Minutes, you will see its nature, and, 
since the time of its passage, the board has 
organized and is ready for work, but they can 
do little or nothing without funds. I am 
informed that a few churches have responded 
in a very liberal manner, but not ail, nor half. 
Now, Brethren, do you feel interested in the 
mission work ? If so, please lay hold of the 
matter at once, and do what you can. The 
general cry is hard times, but that surely is 
no excuse for doing nothing. It is the Lord 
that gives to ue, and will we withhold all be- 
cause he has not given us quite as much as 
we wanted? Souls are perishing; the Mace- 
donian cry has gone out; laborers are in de- 
mand; their services are needed; the harvest 
is great and ripe; who will help? Many can, 
all may, who will? 

Bro. S. E. Cornelius, Parsons, Kansas, is 
the treasurer, and will receive all money 
sent. All respond early, and God's bless- 
ings will richly reward. J. B. Lair. 

Laneville, Kan. 



A Pleasant and Profitable Meeting. 



I received notice from Eld. George Leath- 
erman, of Middletown Valley church, stat- 
ing that they had appointed a series of meet- 
ings, to commence the 21st of Nov., at the 
Grossnickle meeting-house, and advised' that 
I should, without fail, come and labor for 
them in Word and doctrine. Arriving at the 
place of appointment on the evening of the 
21st, found a good congregation assembled. 
We continued the meetings during the fol- 
lowing week; our congregations sometimes 
small, because of dark and rainy nights. Not- 
withstanding, at an early stage of the meet- 
ings, we could see the Spirit beginning its 
work of reproof. An earnest appeal called 
out the co-operation of the members in 
the work, we trying to have them realize 
that God would do a good work, if they 
would allow him to work through them as a 
means. It was not long until we saw a 
shaking of dry bones, and men and women 
weeping on account of their sins. Our meet- 
ings closed on the evening of the 29th. The 
immediate results were twenty-two accessions 
to the church, and a number of promises for 
the near future. 



One pleasant feature of the glorious in- 
gathering, was that of witnessing five hus- 
bands with their wives, all young, coming 
hand in hand into the church. Parents re- 
joiced to see their sons and daughters follow- 
ing the footsteps of Jesus. The church wept 
and sang for joy, while her ranks were filling 
up with young, active, and intelligent work- 
ers, giving assurance of future usefulness. 

An accident occurred to brother Jacob 
Blickenstaff, in starting to his home, which 
cast a gloom upon the citizens. His horse 
became unmanageable, and fell, and, in ris- 
ing to its feet, trod upon his limb, and broke 
it off above the ankle. It was painful to him, 
yet he would forget his pain, and muse upon 
the happy thought of his only son with his 
companion, as applicants for baptism. 

This church is under the charge of brother 
George Leatherman, who has proved to be 
faithful, not only in prosperity, but when the 
church groaned under adversity, weeping and 
laboring, until the cloud passed over, and 
peace and sunshine again returned to warm 
the hearts of God's people. May God bless 
his people, and keep them united in the 
bonds of peace. D. F. Stouffer. 

Benevola, Md., Dec. 1, 1885. 



From Virden, 111. 



The Brethren's Church Erection and Mis- 
sionary Committee of the Southern District of 
111., met Dec. 9, 1885, in Virden, at the resi- 
dence of brother John 'Neher, and adopted 
By-Laws, and appropriated funds to forward 
the cause of Christ. There was one request 
for preaching. Could not at this time be 
granted, on account of lack of means in treas- 
ury. From this the churches can see the ne- 
cessity of responding immediately to the in- 
structions of District Meeting. The Commit- 
tee desires that the Elders, throughout the 
district, act in this matter soon. All funds 
to be sent to the Treasurer, John Neher, Box 
169, Virden, 111. Would urge the churches 
to be prompt in soliciting subscriptions, that 
it may be known, how much will be given for 
building houses of worship, and report to 
the Committee. All correspondence outside 
of Treasurer's Fund, to be addressed to the 
Secretary, James Wirt, Box 224, Virden, HI. 



From Salimony Congregation, Huntington 
Co., Ind. 



According to arrangement, came to this con- 
gregation, in company with wife and Bro. 
Edward Kaffe, arriving here on Nov. 7. Met, 
with them in church council at ten A. M., at 
the Lancaster House. Began a series of 
meetings at the above house on the same 
evening, Nov. 7, continuing at night only 
until the 13th, when their communion occur- 
red, which was well attended. Had quite a 
sucessf ul meeting, a very large number com- 
muned; good order prevailed. After the 
communion, we continued the meetings princi- 
pally at night, until the night of the 22nd 
when the meeting closed) with good interest. 
Had large and interested congregations all 
the time. Inclement weather seemed at times 
to be against us; but the people here are not 



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31 



ept at home by little things. Bro. Murray's 

ealth during the meetings was such that he 

ould not bs at but two of them. We were 

j see him a numb9r of times; although fee- 

le, he is alive to the work. Hope he may 

egain his former health, and be permitted to 

ibor in the vineyard of the Lord, and infuse 

is zeal into others. Brethren, pray for him, 

nd the Lord bless him and his dearcompan- 

ra, our sister. Lewis W. Teeter. 

Hagerstown, Ind. 

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Missionary Report. 



n o the Mission Board of the Middle District 
of Iowa, or any one else whom it may con- 
cern: — 

This will inform you that according to the 
nstruotions of the Mission Board, I went to 
Muscatine, Iowa, Nov. 13; commenced meet- 
og in the evening, and continued the meet- 
ngs until the 22 nd. The interest in our meet- 
Dgs gradually increased, and a deep feeling 
f&B manifested in regard to the plan of sal- 
ation, but no additions to the church. I 
Link there is an opening there to accomplish 
omething in the Master's cause. My de- 
aands on the Mission Board are $2.60, strict- 
y car fare. 

From Muscatine I went to Louisa Co., la., 
Kscording to previous arrangements. Met 
nth. Bro. John Thomas, of Washington Co., 
!owa. Had meetings for about ten days; two 
tnited with the church, Fred. W. Swigart 
md wife. He was an officer in the Union ar- 
ny, has resided on the farm where he, now 
ives for about thirty years, had never made 
iny profession before, and it is hoped he will 
low fight the battle of the Lord manfully. 

The work is going on at this place slowly, 
rat we think firmly. May God water the 
teed sown at those places with the dews of 
leaven, is our prayer. H. B. Taylor. 



Mission to Garfield Co., Neb. 



Being appointed by the Mission Board of 
Nebraska to do some mission work in Gar- 
ield county, Nebraska, we left home on Nov., 
!3rd. Came to Grand Island same even- 
ng; next morning boarded a train for North 
joup; there took a stage for Ord, where we 
irrived about 6 o'clock. Next morning Bro. 
John Ashman took me in his lumber wagon 
»r his home. Arrived at Bro. Daniel Phil- 
ips, near Willow Springs, about noon. After 
i little rest and refreshment, again pursued 
rar way to Bro. Ashman's, sister Miller accom- 
panying us; we arrived in good time to have 
i little rest before meeting. We commenced 
rar meetings the same evening in a sod school- 
turase, with a small congregation, but quite 
attentive listeners. Continued the meetings 
intil the evening of the 30th. During our 
meetings, there were two baptized, and find- 
ing the members all in love, we held a com- 
munion on the evening of the 30th of Nov., 
tfhich all enjoyed very much. Ten members 
aommuned, and quite a number of spectators 
were present, maintaining strict attention 
and the best of order, all saying, "That is ac- 
cording to the Word." Also had children's 



meeting on Sunday morning, which was high- 
ly appreciated by all, especially the children. 
On the 1st of Doc, we came back to brother 
D. Phillips, and had two meetings near his 
place, with good interest to the Word preach- 
ed, then left for our home. We stopped 
near Doniphon to visit our oldest daugh- 
ter, and had one meeting there; then went to 
Chapman, Merrick Co., to our old friend, 
Isaac Beery (son of Eld. Isaac Beery, of 
Hocking Co., Ohio, long since gone to rest). 
They desire very much that the Brethren 
come and preach for them. From there we 
went to brother Aaron Smith's, who has lived 
in Merrick Co., eleven years, and said I was 
the first brother that visited them since then. 
Found them Estill strong in the faith, and 
wanting meetings very much. Next day I went 
to brother P. Fahrney in Hamilton Co.; had 
one meeting there, then went to York, to at- 
tend our council-meeting, which passed off 
in love. We had a few meetings there, then 
went home. Found all well, thank the Lord 
for his goodness. John S. Snowberger. 
Utica, Neb., Dec. 17, 1885. 



Donations for the Poor. 

The following amounts have been received 
at this office up to Dec. 8, 1885, in response 
to the "Appeal for the Poor." 

Levi Stump, Ind $1 00 

Christena Jones, 50 

Adam Jones, O 50 

Sugar Grove Sunday-school, 2 65 

B. Gnagy, 111 1 00 

Laura A. Dial, O 25 

Levi Harley, O 50 

Fanny Fogle 1 00 

D. P. Keefer, Montana T'y 1 00 

Mary Hyre, Ind 2 50 

Samuel Click, Mo 1 50 

Philema Skinner, Ind 50 

Matilda Graff, Mo 1 00 

Mary L. Sinift, Mo 10 

Fairview church, Ind 1 10 

Powell B. Porter, Kan 1 00 

Louisa Davidson, 40 

A Sister, Mo 50 

Margaret Pritschle, 111 1 00 

J. F. Hantz, Kan 5 00 

Jesse E. Wallace, Kan ' 1 00 

Wm. Workman, la 1 00 

A. A. Ownly, la 50 

Susan Bowman, Ind 50 

John Evert, Sr., Pa 25 

Joseph Stuckey, Ark 40 



From Holt Co., Mo., 



Our feast, Nov. 14th, was an enjoyable oc- 
casion. About seventy communed, and the 
weather was pleasant. Our large house was 
filled, and many failed to gain admission, 
but good order prevailed. Ministers present 
were B. F. Flory, S. A. Honberger, S. S., J. 
S., and Levi Mohler, G. A. and J. Shamber- 
ger, and D. C. Hardman. The Word of 
Truth was ably handled and the bread cast 
is being found. Ecc. 11: 1. 

S. Mohler, who was engaged to be in Cald- 
well Co., Mo., on the 25th of November con- 
sented to continue a meeting at South Bethel 



during that interval. The meeting increased 
in interest up to its close. The brethren 
felt that could Bro. Mohler have remained 
longer, quite an ingathering might have been 
made. The ground has been well prepared 
and good seed sown and, by careful watering, 
the Lord will give the increase. 

Bro. J. S. Mohler, after a series of meetings 
in the White Cloud congregation, returned to 
us and continued meetings in North Bethel 
meeting-house, until the terrible storm of 
Deo. 4th scared him off home, to the regret 
of both saint and sinner. 

Thank the good Lord, the storm did not 
blow off the good effects of the Word of Truth 
as Bro. Mohler divided it among us. 

The old man of sin was buried and four 
precious sheaves labeled for heaven — many 
others are near the kingdom. May the 
waters continue to be troubled that they, too, 
may step in and be healed. The church here 
has been much revived and the outlook quite 
encouraging, for which the Lord be prais- 
ed. Eld. P. E. Whitmer. 



The Last Love-feast. 



On the morning of Nov. 21, wife and my- 
self left home to attend the last love-feast in 
the Miami Valley in 1885, held with the 
brethren and sisters of the Beaver Creek 
church, Green Co., O. The day being pleas- 
ant, we had a very pleasant ride of twenty- 
five miles to the place of meeting. Stopping 
on our way at Dayton, wife called to see her 
parents a few houre. Father is tottering at 
the age of eighty-three, mother at seventy- 
seven. Arrived at the place of meeting at 12 
o'clock, meeting commenced at 2 P. M. The 
exercises were opened by singing the 561st 
hymn, then Bro. Landon West read the 
40th chapter of Isaiah. After prayer, Eld. 
John Metzger, of Cerro Gordo, 111., spoke to 
a well-filled house of brethren, sisters and 
friends, from Heb. 12: 1, 2. The old veteran 
of the cross told us just how to run the race 
that is set before us that we might obtain the 
prize. Bro. Metzger said that he had run on 
the heavenly race-track for fifty-seven years, 
and preached and warned the people how 
they Bhould run the race, for fifty years. 

About 5 o'clock the brethren and sisters 
assembled to celebrate the sufferings and 
death of our dear Savior. A goodly number 
assembled, and were addressed by Silas Gil- 
bert, of Arcanum, O., and others, on the sub- 
ject of self-examination. Bro. Metzger offi- 
ciated, and a very pleasant season of worship 
followed. Truly, we should all feel the im- 
portance of attending our love-feasts, that 
we may be spiritually equipped to run the 
race set before us. 

The next morning we returned home. The 
weather was inclement; it rained and snowed 
all day. After getting home, we went to see 
our much beloved brother, John John, who 
beoame suddenly Biok Nov. 18, and is no bet- 
ter, but is getting worse at this writing, Nov. 
22. Our prayer and desire is that the Lord 
will have mercy on our dear, dear brother, 
and restore him to health again, but not our 
will, but thine be done. Elijah Bohrer. 

Centre, O. 



32 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 



MATRIMONIAL. 

KISSACK— G1T1HEN. — At the resi- 
dence of the bride's parents, on Dec. 30, 
1885, by the undersigned, Mr. John 
Kissack and Miss Alice Gitthen, both 
of Marshall Co., Kan. L. H. Eby. 

BOWERS-PLUM.— Near Morrill, Kan., 
on Dec. 24, 1835, brother John A . Bow- 
ers and sister Merta Plum. 

C. S. Eisenuise. 

CRIPE— BAKER.— At the residence of 
the bride's mother, Holmesville, Neb., 
on Dec. 15, brother David C. Cripe and 
sister Susanna A. Baker. 

Ukias Shick. 

SNYDER-WE1MER.-By the under- 
signed, at his residence, on Dec 13, 
1885, Mr. William Snyder and Miss 
Clara Weimer, both of Stark Co , Ohio. 

GRUBB— MILLER— By the undersign- 
ed, at his residence, on Dec. 24, 1885, 
Mr. Eli Grubb of Hartville, Ohio, and 
Miss Martha R. Miller of Marlboro, 
Ohio. J. J. Hoover. 

BAKER — CALVERT. — On Dec. 24, 
1885, by the undersigned, at his resi- 
dence in Warsaw (as brother Deeter 
did not arrive in time), Henry N. Baker 
and Ida M. Calvert. 

Jesse Calvert. 

WESTERFIELD— LINGENFELTER.— 
At the residence of the bride's father, 
Mathias Lingenfelter. in Fulton Co., 
111., on Dec. 10, 1885, Mr. Samuel 
Westei field Jr., and sister Annie Ling- 
enfelter. 

WESTERF1ELD— LINGENFELTER.- 
Also at the same time and place, by the 
undersigned, Mr. Carey Westerfield, Jr. 
and sister Ida E. Lingenfelter, 

Jacob Negly. 

MEYERS— GISH.— At the residence of 
the bride's parents, Jewell Co., Kan , 
on Dec. 20, 1885, by M. M. Eshelman, 
brother Samuel L. Meyers and sister 
Mertie Gish. 

DAGGET— KINZIE— At the residence 
of the bride's parents in Jewell Co., 
Kan., on Dec 20, 1885, by M. M. Esh- 
elman, brother Albion C. Dagget and 
sister Elizabeth M. Kinzie. 

EMIGH— FIDER.— At the residence of 
the undersigned, on Dec. 29, Mr Chris- 
topher Emigh and Miss Mary Fider, all 
of Martinsburg, Pa. 

BURKHART— PRICE. -On Jan. 1, 1886, 
also by the undersigned, Mr. George 
Burkhart and Miss Minnie Price, both 
of Eldorado, Pa. David D. Sell. 

STUrSMAN-SHlVELY.-At the resi- 
dence of the bride's parents, in the 
Washington Creek church, Douglas Co., 
Kan , on Dec. 20, 1885, by the under- 
signed, William Stutsman and sister 
AttitiaShively. J. VV. Jarboe. 



FALLEN ASLEEP. 



WORKMAN.— Near Pierceton, Ind, on 
.bin. 3, 1886, sister Catharine M. Work- 
man, aged C6 years, 6 months and 20 
days. Funeral services by the writer, 
today (Jan. 4). H. H. Brallier. 

BICE. — At the rendenoe of his son 
i go, in Henderson Co., 111., Samuel 
I'rice, at the tipe old age of 81 years, 6 
months ami '.) dayi. 
Funeral lerviceabv Rev. King, of the 
United Brethren church. Be leaves a 
large circle of f'rirnds to mourn his loss. 
U . W. Stjuckler. 



WOLFRED.— In the Deep Water church, 
Henry Co., Mo., on Dec. 59, 1885, Bro. 
Frederick Wolfred, aged 58 years, 5 
months and 6 days. Services by the 
Bretli.cn J. S. Motiler. 

MOWBRAY. — In Parnassus, Augusta Co. 
Va.,onNov. 3. 1885, Bro. William 
Mowbray, aged 00 years, 2 months and 
22 days. * 

MONTRAY.— On 3rd, 1885, of typhoid 

fever, William Montray, aged 60 years, 

2 months and 22 days. 

He leaves a wife and eleven children 

and seven grandchildren to mourn his 

loss, but not as those who have no hope. 

He was buried at the Brethren's new 

graveyard at Sangersville, Augusta Co., 

Va. Funeral sermon by Joseph A. 

Miller. 

ULERY,— In the South Bend church, Ind., 
Mrs Sarah Ulery, wife of Henry Tilery 
and niece of David Rupel, aged 47 
years, 8 months and 26 days. 
Mrs. Ulery made application to be re 
ceived into the church some time be- 
fore her death, and brother C. Hilde- 
brand and the writer visited her by re- 
quest, and found her fully resigned to 
the will of the Lord, and perfectly will- 
ing to accept the Savior upon the terms 
and conditions of the gospel. Found 
her, however, too weak to be received as 
a member in full fellowship, through 
the ordinance of Christian baptism. 

Funeral services by the writer, assist- 
ed by Eld. R. H. Miller (who was con- 
ducting a series of meetings at the time 
in the Wenger church) to a large and 
sympathizing assembly of relatives, neigh- 
bors and friends. George Witmer. 

LEREW.-On Nov. 5, 1885, sister Eliza 
Lerew, consort of Eld. Jacob P. Lerew, 
aged 69 years, 11 months and 14 days. 
Sister Lerew was an exemplary Chris- 
tian woman, although afflicted for many 
years, she bore her affliction with Chris- 
tian fortitude and resignation, and we 
hope her departure from us i3 her great 
and everlasting gain. 

Peter B. Kauffman. 

YULE -On Nov. 28, 1885, Willie, little 
son of friend Samuel and sister Sarah 
Yule, died of diphtheria. 
The above were all of the South Keo- 
kuk church. M. C. Wonderlick. 

LANE- — In the Ten Mile congregation. 
Washington Co., Pa., Nov. 10, 1885, 
Brother Daniel Lane, in the seventy- 
sixth year of his age. 
He was a faithful and tried servant, 
called to the ministry some years ago, 
but never made his ministerial calling 
so much an object of study as to fit him- 
self for extensive work, but with the 
humble means God gave him, he did 
the best he could at home, in helping to 
promote the Master's cause. The Lord 
will abundantly reward. Funeral dis- 
course from John 11, by the undersign- 
ed. John C. Johnson. 



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NOTICE. 



I will say to the Brethren and the publicj 
in general, that the "Locating Agency" 
in Newton, Havvey Co , Kan., is still in. 
full force, and is getting more com- 
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Any one desiring land or homes in 
Southern Kansas, should not fail to avail \ 
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buying, and have a choice of over 150,000] 
acres of all classes of lands, in different I 
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Vol 24, Old Series. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 

H. B. BRUMBAUGH, Editob, 

And Business Manager of the Eastern House, Box 50, 

Huntingdon, Pa. 



Oi; it first edition of Almanacs was exhausted 
and a little delay was caused in lilling orders till 
another edition was printed. We now have the 
second edition ready, and all orders will be prompt- 
ly filled. ' 

Buo. 1). Emmert is in town looking after the in- 
terests of the little orphans. His continued anxi- 
ety for their good and the care of the Homes, is 
wearing him both mentally and physically. Only 
those who have had the experience can realize the 
labor and anxiety connected with such work, and 
yet it is appreciated only by the few. 



BRETHREN and sisters, in sending money, should 
not use postage stamps except for amounts less 
than one dollar. Stamps are not exchangeable for 
money, and what we get more than we can use in 
our mailing, is an inconvenience and loss to us. — 
l'ostal notes can be had at most of the oflices, and 
when these cannot be had, use paper money. 



At our last church- meeting it was decided to 
hold a series of meetin.p-s in thn near future, but 
the exact time not yet decided upon. Our regular 
services are well attended, and good interest 
shown. We, too, feel the need of special efforts 
being made for the advancing of the Kedeemer's 
kingdom, and we are always glad to have our 
brethren come and help us. 



Eld, B. B. Zug, of Mastersonville, Lancaster Co., 
Pa., says: "Our church (Chiques Creek), having 
passed through severe trials in past years, seems 
to be in peace and harmony at present. Twenty- 
two were baptized in the year that just closed, and 
several restored. (Since the organization, on Oct. 
31, 1868, 280 have been received into the church by 
baptism, the lowest number in one year being five, 
and tiie highest eighty-nine, which was in i860." 



Some of our agents have been a little slow, but 
they seem to be making sure work of it as they 
are sending us large lists with quite a number of 
new subscribers. We prefer to have the lists in as 
early as possible, but always better late than nev- 
er. A few will drop off, no doubt, on account of 
the tightness of money matters, but wo believe 
there are many other ways of economizing that 
will pay better. Our religious wants should have 
our lirst attention, as an active, living faith in 
Christ does much towards making times good. 



.V YOUNG brother, in writing us about their 
church, says: "It is sad to me to look over the con- 
dition of our church here. Meetings by other de- 
nominations are being held all around us, while we 
have none. Our young people.and even older ones, 
are going to other churches. Several hundred have 
professed conversion, many of whom have Dunk- 
ard parents, and all have, more or less, been 
brought up under the teaching of the Brethren. 
Our Brethren look on and condemn their works, 
yet do not, in any way, try to counteract their In- 
fluences." This is truly a sad condition of things, 
and we hope that our churche3 generally will be- 
come more fully awakened to the great response 
Mlity siting upi 



As many of our agents have done nobly in get- 
ting subscribers for the Messenger, we now sug- 
gest that they try their luck in getting some sub- 
scribers lor the Golden Dawn and Young Disciple,— 
They are both papers that should be largely patron- 
ized by our members. Sample copies and agent's 
outfit sent free when ordered. Let us hear from 
you. Money spent in good reading for our chil- 
dren, is a safe investment, and pays a good inter- 
est. 



Monev is wanted with which to build houses, 
and we have no doubt but what they are badly 
needed. But the money, as yet, is not on hand to 
give much help. We hope our brethren and sis- 
ters, who are able, will not forget this cause. It is 
a much-needed fund, and should be liberally sup- 
plied. There are many good fields for Christian 
labor that would yield a good reward, where noth- 
ing, or but little, can be done without houses in 
which to worship and to conduct meetings. In 
using other denominations' houses we should re- 
member the golden rule. That which we cannot 
do for others, we should not ask of them. AVe have 
the means and are able to build our own church- 
houses, and we should do it. 



The sisters of the Altoona, Pa., church are no- 
bly assisting their brethren in liquidating their 
church debt. The following letter was handed in 
at their late church-meeting: 

"To the Church, Grerlinr/:— 

Permit the "Sisters' Sewing Society," in 
behalf of the interest we have in the church and 
the furtherance of the cause of Christ, to say that 
we are willing to do our part in the work, as well 
as bear a liberal share of the burden that is now 
hanging over our church and impeding its prosper- 
ity; and, as an evidence of our faithfulness, we 
herewith present, as a Christmas gift, the sum of 
thirty dollars to be applied to the outside debt. — 
Trusting that our humble offering will be appreci- 
ated, and will be an incentive to our brethren to 
continue to make every possible effort to free our 
church from its present indebtedness, we remain, 
as ever, your sisters in Christ. 

Amanda AVilt, Pres. 

Eeiza Fkkkt, Sec. and Treas. 

Susan Rath, Asst. Sec. 

See liro. Sell's letter of this week. AVe heartily 
agree with the Committee in commending these 
sisters for their willingness to labor in so good a 
work. 



OUK BURDENS. 



The subject for our last prayer-meeting was: 
"How to bear each other's burdens," and to us it 
was one of unusual interest, and, no doubt, others 
had the same feelings. A number of thoughts 
were presented. One was, that we can help the 
burden bearer by teaching him or her how to bear 
the burden. A burden is often heavy or light, as 
you take hold of it. A very small burden soon be- 
comes heavy, if we hold it out at arm's length, or 
hang it loosely on our back, while if they are taken 
squarely on the shoulders, so as to nicely balance 1 , 

they become comparatively light AVe have seen 

people walk along with heavy burdens held in this 
way, witli ease and as contentedly as if there were 
no burdens to he borne. People need teaching to 
carry their natural burdens witli ease. And so we 
need leaching to bear, with Christian resignation, 
the burdens of life that naturally fall upou us, 
sonic more, some less. These burdens are not 
heavy — not too heavy, if we get fairlv under them, 

and then have the encouragement that i< maybe 
ours to enjoy, 
TV- i nnhiml. 



some of our burdens are needful for us. We need 
them as balances and for discipline. To remove 
these burdens would be doing a positive injury to 
the persons we wish to help. It would rob tb< 
that discipline that is so necessary to give them 
independence, that we all so much need to enable 
us manfully to tight life's battles. 

Then there is a class of burdens that no one 
should bear. They are self-imposed burdens, the 
result either of our sins or a lack of faith. These 
burdens we do not need to help each other bear, 
but we should help each other to get rid of them. 
AVe can help each other in doing this, and it is oft- 
en a greater blessing to those who need such help 
than any other thing we can do. Many of our 
burdens are of this class— self-imposed. AVe are 
profligate [and venturesome, running into things 
without discretion or judgment, and, as a result, 
diiliculties roll in upon us till they threaten to 
bury us as an avalanche. Again, we fret and mur- 
mur about things that are sent upon us fcr our 
good, and all we need to make them light is, to 
have an abiding faith in the hand that sends them. 
A father never asks a child to bear a burden above 
its strength, or gives one that is not for its good. 
All that is necessary on our part, is to know and 
believe this. AVe are so blind, so faithless, that we 

lose many blessings that we might otherwise en- 
joy. 

Bui then, how ■ bought! '•]'■• i 

one another's burdens." There are so man] bur- 
dens to bear, and then, there are so many kind 
hearts to bear them. Why falter, why faint, fall 
under them when there are all around you those 
that are ready and waiting to help you bear them. 

Many are bending under burdens because they 
treasure them all up in their own lives so that no 
one knows that burdens are there. Christ came to 
heal those that are sick, that feel their sickni 
that make it known. So it is with our fellow- 
Christians. AVe sympathize with, and are willing 
to help such as make their wants known. Prayer 
often unburdens heavy and breaking hearts, and 
thousands are unburdened in this way. And many 
more might be, would they ask for it. Ministers 
are expeeted to pray for tin- sick and the distress- 
ed, but they do not like to peddle their prayers 
around and bestow them unasked for. While it is 
a duly for the minister to pray for the sick, it 
ought to be a pleasure and a privilege for the sick 
to ask him, and show an appreciation for the I 
ings so richly promised through prayer. 

It helps in earnestness ami seal, and makes them 
more effectual before God. There is nothing so 
sweet in the experience oi the devoted minister as 
to feel that his ser\ ices are needed and appreciat- 
ed. Oh! how many burdens might be removed or 
made lighter, if we would only live nearer our 
(heat Burden Bearer, and make use o( all the pri\ - 
ileges he has given. 



The blood of Jesus, that sealed the new cove- 
nant for us, is betokened in the 'stinctive 
symbol used by the Christian church. In its every 
use there is therefore an appeal to the fact that we 
are in covenant with God. It is an appeal to the 
Lord Jehovah, to whom we stand in relation as his 
people, to remember his covenant and save us. it 
is a declaration to him that we are under the shel- 
ter of that covenant, and of the cross, and that 
therefore lie is bound to Me us safely through the 

world's temptation ani 



84: 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER, 



ESS^iTS. 



Study to show thyself approred unto God, a workman that 

needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the 

Word of Truth. 



3IA.KE CHILDHOOD SWEET. 



Wait not till the little hands are at rest 

Ere you fill them full of flowers; 
"Wait not for the crowning tuberose 

To make sweet the la3t sad hours: 
But while in the busy household band, 
Your darlings still need your guiding hand, 

0, fill their lives with sweetness! 

Wait not till the little hearts are still 

For the loving look and phrase; 
But while you gently chide a fault, 

The good deed kindly praise. 
The word you would speak beside the bier, 
Falls sweeter far on the living ear; 

0, fill young lives with sweetness ! 

Ah! what are kisses on clay-cold lips 

To the rosy mouth we press, 
When our wee one flies to her mother's arms, 

For love's most tender caress! 
Let never a worldly baubl- keep 
Your heart from the joy that each should reap, 

Circling young lives with sweetness. 

Give thanks each morn for the sturdy boys, 

Give thanks for the fairy girls; 
With a dower of wealth like this at home, 

Would you search the earth for pearls? 
Wait not for death to gem love's crown, 
But early shower life's blessing down, 

And fill joung hearts with sweetness. 

Remember the homes where light has fled, 

Where the rose has faded away; 
And the love that glows in youthful heart* 

0, cherish it while you may ! 
And make your home a garden of flowers, 
Where joy shall bloom through childhood's hours, 

And fill young lives with sweetness. 

— Selected. 



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BY DANIEL VANIMAN. 



One more Cerro Gordo Christmas com- 
munion is in the past. Had quite an enjoy- 
able season. For a number of years it has 
been the custom of this church to have com- 
munion on Christmas day. This time they 
held a series of meetings in connection with 
it, which closed Jan. 2 ad. During these 
meetings three were added to their number 
by baptism. From there, I came to Chicago, 
where we had several meetings. If the 
cause of truth will not grow here, it is not 
because there are not sufficient efforts made 
to encourage the weak and comfort the feeble, 
minded, and persuade the erring to turn 
from the hard service of sin. I have said 
that the longest series of meetings I ever 
heard of among the brethren, is that held by 
Paul at Ephesus, where he taught daily in 
the school of Tyrannus for two whole years; 
but here, at No. 708 Lake St., there have 
been, for one year, two meetings each week 
day and from three to four on the Lord's 
day. Their meetings are principally man- 
aged by Mrs. Conkling a lady of the Method- 
ist denomination, who lives in the building 
and seems to do all in her power to encour- 
age all to do right. Bro. Hadsell superin 
tends the Snnday-school and sometimes leads 
in these meetings, which are opened by sing- 
ing and prayer, after whioh a portion of 



Scripture is read and any one allowed to 
speak briefly. After all have spoken who 
desire to do so, the exercises are closed by 
prayer. In addition to this, the Brethren 
preach regular discourses every two weeks 
and sometimes often er. Jan. 3rd, A. W. 
Vaniman, of St. Louis, spoke at 10: 30, on the 
necessity of adding to our faith, virtue, 
knowledge, temperance, etc. At 7: 30 the 
theme was Bible sanctification. The congre- 
gation, though not very large, were attentive, 
Through their efforts, four have been received 
by the Brethren by baptism and more seem 
to be near the kingdom. 



SOWING AND REAPING. 



BY B. C. MOOMAW. 



Far and wide over the fields of sin, God's 
hand is sowing the good seed of Eternal 
Truth. The Book of his Bevelations, the 
Word of his Grace, the Holy Spirit of prom- 
ise, and all the minor agencies inspired by, 
and radiated from, these great centers of 
spiritual power, are constantly employed in 
the hopeful work of depositing in the human 
heart the germs of Everlasting Life. Among 
the minor agencies we may enumerate the 
Christian home, the Sunday-school, the min- 
istry of preaching, the ministry of sacred 
song, the holy incense of prayer, the light of 
a sanctified life, the religious press, and the 
tract, or leaflet, fluttering upon the four winds 
to the uttermost parts of the earth. All 
these have sown, and can sow God's seed in 
the good soil of tender and humble hearts; 
all these are constantly occupying ground 
where afterwards may be found the golden 
sheaves, ready for gathering into the church, 
ready for garnering in the treasure house of 
Eternity. 

Christ said to his disciples, when the eager 
Samaritans were crowding through the gates 
of their city, and hurrying along the beaten 
path to Jacob's well, "Say not ye, there are 
yet four months, and then cometh harvest; 
behold, I say unto you, 'Lift up your eyes, 
and look on the fields, for they are white al- 
ready to harvest." 

How much more is that true now, after 
eighteen centuries of sowing, by the apostles, 
saints, and martyrs, by the Word, and by the 
Holy Spirit 1 How much more is that true 
now, after the more abundant showers of 
Grace, and the bright shining of the Gospel 
sun for so many ages! How much more is 
that true now, in the last days of the old 
world, when we may expect the culmination 
of all the moral and spiritual forces whioh 
have been set in motion since the earliest 
dawn of time! From far off India's towering 
mountains, fertile plains, and populous cities; 
from China's countless millions; from Africa's 
torrid clime, and Siberia's cold; from wave- 
washed islands of the sea; from the shores 
of European civilization; from every town, 
and hamlet, and valley of our own favored 
land, comes the cry, "The fields are white to 
harvest." And borne upon the wings of the 
four winds comes the importunate prayer, "O, 
send laborers into the great harvest, send 
laborers I" 



In such a glorious field of usefulness few 
are the busy workers to be found. No other 
sphere of labor presents so grand an oppor- 
tunity to win celestial laurels. Nowhere can 
we employ the two, five, or ten talents, whioh 
God has given us, with such certainty of 
gaining other talents for our Lord. 

An angel swept into the Eternal Presence, 
and said, "I have found, and restored to ita 
orbit, a wandering world, with all its freight 
of wealth and beauty. Another angel came 
up from some dark abode of earth, and said, 
"I have found a wandering soul, and brought 
it baok, repentant, to the Father's house;" 
and immediatly all heaven's high dome re- 
sounds with rapturous hallelujahs. 

"To him! to him! who saves a soul from 
death belongs the blest approval, 'Well 
done, thou good and faithful servant.' " It is 
more precious than all worlds, and, thou, 
humble and faithful worker, though but an 
earthen vessel, thou mayest save a soul from 
death, and win the reaper's crown of joy. 

Far down the endless ages, when it shall 
be utterly forgotten who led victorious armies, 
who conquered the world, who sat on thrones 
of empire, who thrilled listening senates 
with splendid eloquence, who entranced 
nations with poetry and song, your instru- 
mentality in the salvation of a soul will be 
your chief est glory, and everlasting fame. 

Why then are the laborers so few in this 
great harvest? Paul answers the question, 
"For all seek their own, not the things whioh 
are Jesus Christ's." Self-aggrandizement, 
self-indulgence is the universal, practical 
philosophy of the world. 

"Ami my brother's keeper?" has been echo- 
ed in all ages, and still resounds in a world 
of selfishness and greed. Man was born for 
mankind and eternity, but he narrowed his 
mind, and gave up to time, and sense, and 
self, what was intended for God, and happi- 
ness, and heaven. An all-persuading, subtle, 
and powerful influence, cunning in its meth- 
ods, and malign in its purposes, constantly 
magnifies the importance and promise of 
secular pursuits, so that these channels 
attract and absorb far the greater part of our 
best talent. Young men of ability rush into 
the learned professions, or into business, be- 
cause these pursuits offer the greatest tempo- 
ral inducements, and are directly in the pleas- 
ing line of natural inclination. The self-denial 
and self-sacrifice; the rigid, moral circum- 
spection, and spiritual discipline, the intense, 
unremitting, unappreciated labor of the min- 
istry, is made to weigh against all consider- 
ations of future reward, however glorious 
these may be, and so the world wins our 
bright and promising youth. 

Men aspire to military renown, who might 
conquer boundless empires for Jesus; they 
strive for the poet's fading laurels, who 
might teaoh others to sing the glad redemp- 
tion song; they labor for the orator's fame, 
who might win souls with the eloquence of 
Uve; they toil for perishing wealth, who 
might g'iin the treasures that fade not away. 
Whole continents are enveloped in the dense 
darkness of gross ignorance, and superstition, 
because no one brings the light of the glori- 



THE GOBPEL MESSENGEK. 



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ous gospel. Their countless millions go 
down to the grave in deep and awful despair, 
because no one ministers unto them the con- 
solation of hope. The gems of heaven are 
lost in the mire of sin, because there 
are none to gather and polish them for the 
diadem of Jesus. The world's great harvest 
is left to wanton waste, and ruin, because 
those who should reap its golden sheaves are 
absorbed by their own infinitesimal concerns, 
and hell is gorged with immortals who 
should have peopled the glad valleys, and 
thronged the golden streets of heaven. 

The solemn question arises to our lips, "Is 
God defeated, and is Satan victorious ? Shall 
the enemy who sowed the tares, snatch also 
the golden wheat from the Lord of the har- 
vest? We may not presumptuously pry into 
things too deep for us, but in some way God 
will retrieve the consequences of man's neg- 
lect and folly. Verily, not a sheaf of his 
great harvest shall be finally lost; there is 
none able to pluck them out of his hand. 
Many a man will lose the glory and reward 
of being a oo-worker with God in his divine 
employment, which he might have had in- 
stead of the poor satisfaction of temporal 
success, and transient joys; but God will not 
lose his precious sheaves. If men or 
churches fail, he is able of the very stones to 
raise up instruments of his holy will, and 
agents of his wonderful and eternal pur- 
poses. 

There comes a time, — it may not be far dis- 
tant, when the world's great harvest shall be 
finally gathered. Darkened sun, and falling 
stars, and quaking earth, are signs of the har- 
vest. Two shall be together in a field, the 
one shall be taken, and the other left. Two 
shall be sleeping in the same bed, the one 
shall be taken, and the other left. Two 
shall be grinding at the mill, the one shall be 
taken and the other left; — the harvest! the 
harvest! Tares bound in bundles, and cast 
into the fire; wheat gathered into the celestial 
garner; — the harvest! the harvest! 

But who is he who sits upon the white 
cloud, with a crown upon his head, and a 
sharp sickle in his hand? He is the Lord of 
the harvest. And who are those shining 
messengers that flash to and fro, like corus- 
cating meteors in the evening sky? They 
are the angel reapers. 

The work is done, the scene closes, the last 
sun sets. Tares and chaff in the flames; 
wheat in the garner of God. Oh, immortal 
reader, where dost thou stand to-day? 
Where wilt thou stand in the judgment? 
Eternity echoes, — where? 



WHERE THERE IS A WILL, TBERE 
IS A WAY. 



BY B. F. MOOMAW. 

The motto, at the head of this artiole, was 
suggested by the history of a brother with 
whom I recently met while in eastern Vir- 
ginia, as related to me by himself, and sus- 
tained by my own observation. 

He was a soldier in the southern army of 
the late American war, and oame home at its 
close, to be united with the bride of his 



youth, in extreme poverty, deprived of the 
the use of one arm, to battle with the tide of 
fortune, having nothing with which to start, 
but a will, good sense, and what was left of 
his corporeal being, with the comfort and as- 
sistance of his youthful companion. His 
first enterprise was to purchase a horse skin 
that had been tanned and blackened by a 
neighbor. With this he commenced the shoe- 
making business. In the sewing, necessary 
to be done, he pulled one end of the thread 
with his one hand, and his wife Ihe other 
end. He made three pair of shoes and sold 
one pair to pay for the piece of leather, took 
the other two pair on his shoulder and 
walked twenty miles to where he could ex- 
change them for a further supply of stock. 
In this way he went on, step by step, until 
by and by he purchased a piece of land, with 
a little cabin upon it, scarcely sufficient to 
keep them comfortable in any way, but he 
commenced to improve the soil, and to raise 
the necessary supplies for the family, and 
now has it so improved, and stocked, as to 
give employment to others, and made for 
himself and family a comfortable residence, 
furnished with good furniture and all nec- 
essary appliances, to make his family com- 
fortable as need be, and owes nobody any- 
thing financially. Nor is this all; he has 
been a member of the Church some ten years 
and a minister some five or six years, is sur- 
rounded by a respectable congregation of 
members, who, with the assistance of other 
congregations, have built and paid for a com- 
fortable meeting-house, with a good Sunday- 
school and regular prayer-meeting, in which, 
as well as the meetings for preaching, all, or 
nearly all, their male members exercise in 
public prayer. 

The companion of the brother, the subject 
of this sketch, has been a member of the 
Baptist church for a number of years, always 
kind and courteous toward the brethren, but, 
during a late series of meetings held with 
them, being instructed in the way of the 
Lord more perfectly, and, with a number of 
others, some Baptists and some Methodists, 
united with the church, was baptized, and 
now our dear brother rejoices in the double 
companionship with his helpmeet in his 
trials, and religiously they will both pull at 
the same end of the cord. And the Lord 
will bless their labors, so mote it be. 



SYNOPSIS OP SERMON BY ELDER 
DANIEL VANIMAN. 



BY 0YBU8 BUCHER. 



"Where is he that is born King of the Jews?" — Matt. 
2:2. 

Here we have the words of the wise men 
from the East, asking the above question, 
a question which has been asked not only 
then but often since, even down to our age of 
the world. These wise men came to Jerusa- 
lem, a star had guided them ; about this star 
I cannot tell you mucb, and think no one 
else can. They, no doubt, thought they 
would find this King in a great city; but 
when they had come to Jerusalem, he was 
not there, so they had to go to that city of 



no note, not even being numbered among the 
cities of David, the city of Bethlehem. For 
it is written, "And thou, Bethlehem, in the 
laud of Juda, art not the least among the 
Princes of Juda." They went away, after 
being instructed by the wise men of Jerusa- 
lem, toward Bethlehem, and the star which 
they had seen in the East went before them 
till it stood over where the young child was. 
And when they came into the house, and 
saw the mother and the child, they fell down 
and worshiped this King, opened their treas- 
ures and gave him gold, frankincense and 
myrrh. Here, I think, originated the prac- 
tice of giving gifts on Christmas day, which 
practice is all right if proper gifts are given, 
in a proper motive. For these gifts were of 
some value, as they could be exchanged for 
the necessities of life. But good as this 
practice is, as is also the Holiday of Christ- 
mas, the devil takes a hand in it and turns 
the day into one of festivity and frolic, and 
the gifts being worthless, as a rule, are given 
to children in such a way that parents teach 
them a lie, telling them Santa Claus would 
come with his reindeers and sled and bring 
them presents, when the parents are giving 
the presents themselves. Such actions on 
the part of parents should be condemned, as 
the children will learn to know better. If 
you give gifts, do so in a proper way. 

We next find the King in the temple at 
Jerusalem among the doctors, asking and 
answering questions; so that they were as- 
tonished at his wisdom, and his parents come 
back after a day's journey, seeking after their 
child, the King. 

We next learn that he was a carpenter, 
and, at about the age of thirty years, he came 
to his forerunner, John, to be baptized of 
him, "to fulfill all righteousness." We then 
find him in the wilderness, where he was 
tempted of the devil after fasting forty days 
and forty nights, and was an hungered. The 
tempter said, "If thou be the son of God, 
command that these stones be made bread." 
Christ appealed to what was written, "Man 
must not live by bread alone; but by every 
word that proceedeth out of the mouth of 
God." The devil then took him up into the 
holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the 
temple, and the devil appealed to what is 
written, "If thou be the Son of God, cast thy- 
self down, for it is written, He shall give his 
angels charge concerning thee, and in their 
hands they Bhall bear thee up, lest at 
any time thou dash thy foot against a stone." 
The devil can quote Scripture too. But 
Christ again said, "It is written again, Thou 
shalt not tempt the Lord, thy God." 

He then took him on a high mountain, 
showed him all the kingdoms of the world, 
and the qlory of them, and said, "All these 
will I give unto thee if thou fall down and 
worship me." He lied, he had no intention 
of doing what he said, and could not if he 
would. Christ again appealed to the written 
word, "Thou shalt worship the Lord, thy 
God, and him only shalt thou serve." Then 
the devil leaveth him and the angels oome 
and minister to him, King over Satan, angels 
are his servants. 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Where is he who was born King of the 
Jews? Preaching over in Galilee. "Repent 
for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!" He 
commanded Peter and Andrew to follow 
him, and went about doing good, healing 
diseases, giving sight unto the blind. The 
deaf could hear, the lame walk. He is King. 
We find that the dead had to hear his voice, 
for he raised up J aims' daughter, he rais- 
ed up the youDg man and even Lazarus after 
he was buried four days. When he heard 
the voice of Jesus, he came forth out of the 
grave. We find when he was on the ship, and 
they were about to perish, he commanded 
the winds and the waves, "Peace, be still," 
and there was a great calm. He fed the 
multitude, five thousand at one time and an- 
other, four thousand, besides women and 
children, aud, did you ever think of it? there 
was more left after they were all filled, then 
they started with. 

We now view him in another position, 
where he was taken by wicked hands, had to 
to suffer, be nailed to the croBS, and died for 
us, that we might live. They denied him, 
but he is King. He conquered death and 
the grave; he arose, was alive, as seen and 
testified to by many infallible proofs, hav- 
ing been tee a by upwards of five hun- 
dred brethren at ona time. After being 
with his disciples for forty days, he ascended 
into heaveD, having overcome. To him is giv- 
en all power iD heaven and eaith, and he com- 
mands, "Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, 
baptizing them in the name of the Father, 
end of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." 
He teaches them to cbneive all things, 
promising to be with them unto the end of 
the world, — our King. 

We next view him as our advocate with 
the Father, pleading for us there. Having 
overcome all, having suffered for us, he still 
pleads for us, aud we view him again, as 
standing at the door, knocking. This he does 
by his preached word to you, dear sinner, to- 
night, and, perhaps, at other times when you 
lie on your bed and cannot sleep. Per- 
haps the death of one, near snd dear may re- 
mind you that you, too, must die and are 
not ready. Will you, then, make up your 
mind now, to let Christ be your King, who 
has the mansions in heaven prepared for us. 
And if we overcome as he overcame, we "shall 
inherit all things, and I will be his God, and 
he shall bs my son." Who shall be your 
King? 

Woodland Church, III, Dec. 1, 1885. 



A WIFE'S INFLUENCE. 



BY J. C. MEYERS. 

"For what knowest thou, wife whether thou shalt 
> a.' thy husband?" 1 Cor. 7: 16 

The above Scripture has been frequently 
repeated to me by our aged sister Debau. 
She was baptized here by Bro. Shomber, a 
little over three years ago, and having a hus- 
band who was a strong Catholic, she suf- 
fered persecutions by him as well as unpleas- 
antness and when I would speak to her of 
her trials, ihe would always look forward for 
the better time and repeat the above Script- 



ure. Notwithstanding her trials, she observ- 
ed 1 Peter 3rd chapter and has been made 
to rejoice in seeing her prayers answered by 
her husband being baptized on the 29th of 
November. 

How many husbands might be saved if 
their believing wife would put her candle 
on a candlestick, put it where all can see 
the light instead of putting it under a bush- 
el! Likewise, ye husbands that believe, in- 
stead of having the light that is in you, dark- 
ened, have the eye single that your whole 
body may be full of light and the unbeliev- 
ing wife may be won. 

2220 Bremen Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 



ROYAL CRUMBS. 



BY M. M. ESHELMAN. 



— We are happy. We have a right to be 
happy. The Word has been preached 
with the Holy Ghost sent down from above, 
hearts were pierced, convicted, turned to 
God, and made new in Christ. This will 
make any one happy; and even saints catch 
the benignant graces and become enlivened. 
The Belleville church has received a new im- 
petus — a new wave of feeling. The home min- 
isters began meetings Nov. 20th, and, on the 
28th, Bro. D. M. Miller, of Lanark, III, arriv- 
ed and at once entered into the labors. He 
preached until Dec. 4th, when we went to 
White Rock church to council, the 5th. One 
baptized after council. 

— December 7th, again opened the work in 
Belleville church, and on the 15th, baptized 
three. Of course our Bro. Miller has the 
gift of continuance, and the members seemed 
to partake of the same spirit, so we continu- 
ed, nightly, and on the 20th, five more were 
baptized. Still we could not see the way 
clear to stop, hence kept on until the night of 
the 24th, then rested until Sunday, the 27tb, 
when Bro. Miller preached his last sermon to 
us here. The home ministers held eight 
meetings, and Bro. M. twenty-eight. We 
thank the Lord for sending us our dear 
brother, who so earnestly, from day to day, 
and from house to house, labored in the 
Lord Jesus. From here he went to White 
Rock, Jewell County, and we feel that God 
will help him since he shuns not to declare 
God's council with power sent down from 
heaven. 

— During the year 1885, three were reclaim- 
ed, five received by letter, eight by baptism, 
and one went astray. By next spring seven 
or eight more will move here, so that our 
joys have been many, and more, we believe, 
are ooming. We now number about seventy- 
five. Oar council, Deo. 26tb, was exceeding- 
ly pleasant and profitable. 

— The amount of gospel work to be done in 
N. W. Kansas, is indeed great. With Bro. 
Harnish and Bro. Hollinger at work in 
Rooks and Norton oounties, and Bro. Miller 
in Republic and Jewell, something is being 
done, and possibly ere the winter closes, some 
other laborers may enter the field. The 
Mission Board is endeavoring to supply 
gome of the demands this winter; and we 



think the prospects are good to secure a 
workman from Illinois for four months next 
winter. If this can be done, and the home 
ministers and local churches become very 
earnest, the Lord will certainly add many to 
the churches. The Board is determined to 
to push the work, by the grace of God. 
Belleville, Kan. 



ENVY. 



BY ETTA E. HARBISON. 



Envy is defined by Webster as follows: 
"Pain, uneasiness, mortification, or discon- 
tent excited by the sight of another's super- 
iority or success, accompanied by some de- 
gree of hatred or malignity, and often, or 
usually with a desire or an effort to depreci- 
ate the person, or with pleasure in seeing 
him depressed." 

Let us see by a number of Scriptural ref- 
erences if this definition is correct, and also 
if there are not a good many examples of 
envy at the present day, with similar results 
as those of ancient days. 

Cain slew his brother because his own 
works were evil and his brother's righteous. 
In this we see Cain's mortification and dis- 
content, excited by Abel's acceptableness in 
the sight of God, to such a degree of hatred 
and malignity that he took even the life of 
his brother. 

Isaac prospered in worldly goods while 
with the Philistines. He received an hun- 
dredfold from his sowing in that land and 
grew until he became very great in the pos- 
session of Hocks, herds and servants. This 
success of Isaac excited the envy of the Phil- 
istines to such an extent that King Abime- 
lech banished him from among them. How- 
ever, the King acknowledged that he (Isaac) 
was much mightier than they. 

Joseph, who found more favor than his 
brothers in their father's sight, and dreamed 
dreams, which being interpreted, appeared to 
convey a superiority in Joseph over them, 
became the victim of envy, and was sold by 
his brothers to traders from Egypt. This 
was their way of manifesting hatred to 
Joseph and their desire to have him humili- 
ated and themselves profited by a few pieces 
of silver. "But God was with him, and de- 
livered him out of all his afflictions, and gave 
him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pha- 
raoh, King of Egypt; and he made him gov- 
ernor over Egypt and all his house." 

The Jews, because Christ was obtaining a 
great influence over the people, and would, 
in a short time, be acknowledged by the 
multitudes as superior to their leaders, 
because he had power to heal the infirmi- 
ties of the people — a gift which their leaders 
did not possess, — consigned him to the igno- 
minious death of the cross. Pilate, their 
leader, acknowledged it was for envy they 
delivered him. 

When Christ's disciples, Paul and Barna- 
bas, were holding forth the Word of God, 
and almost the whole city came together to 
hear it, the Jews, seeing the multitudes, were 
filled with envy, and spake against those 



THE GrOSPEL MESSENGER, 



37 



things which were spoken by Paul, contra- 
dicting and blaspheming. 

Is not envy still doing much of what is 
horrible? The murders committed are from 
envy. One is envied because of his money; 
aaother, his fam9; another, his lady, or her 
gallant. Like the Philistines, people envy 
others their prosperity in worldly goods, and 
seek their downfall by assailing their charac- 
ter. 

Others, like Jacob's sons, are so pained by 
the fame, good name and character another 
is establishing, that they feign to see in him 
all that is evil, but naught that is good. — 
Small errors they magnify to heinous crimes. 
So with Christ; when he was gaining influ- 
ence over the people, and bade fair to be ac- 
knowledged their superior, his enemies, 
having nothing against him, cried the more, 
"Crucify him! crucify him!" 

Some persons seem so infatuated with the 
spirit of envy that they are pained if others 
even have a desire for intellectual, social, or 
religious progress. They are not usually 
slow in giving expression to their malignant 
feeling, saying, "It is of the world, and work- 
eth evil," unconscious that by this course 
they but compel : everybody to see the ex- 
ceeding smallness of their souls instead of 
the one they are trying to bring into dis- 
repute. 

James says, "Do you think the Scriptures 
saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in 
us lusteth to envy?" Also that "Envying is 
earthly, sensual, devilish, and where envying 
is, there is confusion and every evil work." 
From the sense of this, where we see "confu- 
sion and every evil work," may we not be 
quite certain that behind it all, somewhere, is 
envy? 

Paul tells the Romans not to walk in envy- 
ing and the Corinthians that because there is 
envying among them, they are carnal and 
and walk as men. He also says, envy is one 
of the evils that should be laid aside, that we 
may grow, being fed on the sincere milk of 
the Word. Should not all of us keep a care- 
ful guard over ourselves'lest a spirit of envy, 
in some of its forms, spring up within us? 
Surely we are but human and as liable to 
err as those who have preceded us. Let us 
"watch and pray lest we enter into tempta- 
tion." 

Lanark, III, Dec. 2, 1885. 



ONE ROAD TO INFIDELITY. 



BY J. II. WHITCOMB. 

How I am made to shudder, and almo3t grow 
sick at heart, as I think over the actions of 
many of our people for the past two or 
three weeks. It is or should be our object to 
guide the little ones in the paths of right- 
eousness. For, "As the plant is pruned, so 
shall it grow." 

It is the custom of many churches to gath- 
er the children together every Sunday and 
instruct them in the way of the Lord by tell- 
ing them the good he did while here on earth, 
expounding his holy Word. After putting 
forth every effort for the paBt twelve months, 



to teach them that they should be truthful in 
all things whatsoever they do, they close by 
teaching, ay, more, by acting out, what they 
would correct or even punish them for. A 
thing that is false and has a tendency to lead 
them to destruction. It is teaching the exist- 
ence of a Santa Claus. One may say, "How 
can that be?" I will try to show some of the 
errors, as they appear to me. First we teach 
them that this great being is very old, has 
lived through the ages past, and we present 
to them a figure, old and grey, with long 
hair and beatd, which has grown to a prodig- 
ious length, showing the burden of his 
years. We tell them he will come each suc- 
ceeding year, and bring them many nice 
presents: that he comes down the chimney, 
through the key-hole, or many other way?, 
which would be a miracle if performed. 
They learn to look for this great being, and 
to almost worship him. They think of his 
great acts, and wonder where he lives, how 
he performs the great feats, and where he 
gets so many nice things, and so much pow- 
er. Children do not sit down and idly 
spend their time, as a great many pretend to 
think, but keep their little minds busily en- 
gaged at something. Before they have ar- 
rived at a great age, they detect our 
deceptive methods, and come boldly out and 
question us in reference to our past acts. 
To make the matter still worse, we falsely 
get around them in some way, but not 
satisfactorily to them. In time to come it 
is a great mystery to them, why we did it, 
and why we did not tell them at once, that 
we were doing all this. We have blight- 
ed their faith in reference to what we teach 
them ever afterwards. 

Secondly; we are teaching them that there 
is another great being whom we call God; 
that he is the Creator of all things, and from 
him we receive all, and without his assistance 
we can do nothing. For a child to compre- 
hend this, is more than we should expect. 
They must have faith in those that teach 
them, or all is lost. As I have shown that 
they will, sooner or later, be led to see we 
have deceived them in the first case, it is not 
rational to believe that they will remember 
our teachings in the second. And once start- 
ed on that downward road, we know not their 
end. 

Oh, fathers and mothers, stop for one 
moment, and think what you are teaching 
those little lambs of God's sending. In be- 
half of him who gave them and the religion 
of Jesus Christ, protect the little onep, ' for 
of such is the Kingdom of Heaven." By the 
time they come to the age of understanding, 
they have drifted far out into that great sea of 
sin and destruction and the tide of demons 
carry them into mid-ocean where the saving 
grace of the Almighty God will never reach 
them, nor the angel of light show his> fair 
face. 

Bunker Hill, ItuL, Jon. 6, t886. 

If you want to be miserable, think about 
yourself, about what you want, what you like, 
what respect people ought to pay to you, and 
what people think of you. — 



WATCH. 



BY LYDIA M. WALTER. 



"But watch thou in all thing*, endure afflictions, do the 
work of an evangel 8t, make full proof of thy ministry." 
2 Tim. 4: 5. 

Paul, in writing to his son, Timothy, cau- 
tions him to watch in all things. Christ also 
told his disciples to watch and pray, lest they 
fall into temptation. This teaches us a les- 
son that we should always remember to watch 
in all things, for Satan is going about as a 
roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour, 
and if we are not on our guard, he will de- 
ceive us; therefore let us watch our actions 
and our thoughts, that we do not be deceiv- 
ed. Let us be careful that we do not let pride 
and other selfish motives creep into our 
hearts, for when these things are in our 
hearts and minds, I cannot see how the love 
of Jesus can be there, as these things do not 
work together. We cannot serve God and 
Mammon. 

We should watch our children also, and 
be careful how we teach them, that we may 
bring them up in the nurture and admonition 
of the Lord, for whatever we teach them 
when they are so small, they never forget. 
I remember many things that my parents 
taught me when small, — so it is with all 
children. Then let us try to teach them the 
way to heaven. Although they may stray away 
from it, yet some day, though mauy years 
may have passed away, they will stop and 
think of their childhood. Oh, we have 
many things to watch, as brethren and sis- 
ters, to keep us unspotted from the world, 
that we may be a light unto the world — as a 
city, that is set upon a hill which, cannot be 
hid. Ministers, also, watch that ye shun not 
to declare the whole council of God! Sin- 
ners are also watching, but they are not 
watching themselves, they are watching us. 
If they would watch themselves, as they do 
others, and look into their own hearts, tbere 
would be many more gathered into the fold. 

We are also too often ready to see others' 
faults when we do not see our own. Let us, 
therefore, not judge one another, but watch 
for our own faults. "Blessed is he, that is 
found watching, when the Lord doth come." 

Schuyler Co., III. 



Since Christ brought life and immortality 
to light, we can understand why the New 
Testament does not continue, in the language 
of the old, to speak of fruitful fields, peace, 
and security for the people of God, but pro- 
ceeds to speak of bearing the image of the 
heavenly, of the putting on of immortality, 
and being like the Lord at his appearing; 
and see visions of great multitudes, stainlesp, 
and victorious, before the throne of God, rapt 
in eternal praise. 

Tiiose there are, who stand as if before the 
cross, congratulating themselves that they 
are not, like the passing Jews, Hinging taunts 
at Jesus, nor mocking him with the heathen 
soldiers, nor reviling him as the desperate 
thief— only rejecting him as their Savior. 



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THE GOSPEL MESSE1STQER. 



NEW YEAR'S DAY, 1886. 



BY C. H. BALSBAUGH. 



Hiram Gibble, my Dear Brother: — 

Having promised to write to you, I suppose 
you expect the fulfillment. On this glorious 
day that opens the New Year I am all alone, 
yet not alone. For nearly two months my 
wife has been away most of the time, minis- 
tering to the sick, and procuring the means 
of subsistence. Half an hour ago, while read- 
ing the record of a holy, self-sacrificing mis- 
sionary, I met an expression which brought 
you to my mind, and then I immediately 
thought of my promise. I laid my book 
aside, got my pen and ink and paper, and will 
now try to cut a slice for you from the Great 
Loaf on God's golden table in the Upper 
Sanctuary. It is with pen-preaching like 
with voice-preaching — it is easy to preach 
where the Spirit of God is to fill our minds 
with His thoughts, and our hearts with His 
love. We only half believe God, and that is 
the reason we must work so much in our own 
strength, and why our labors accomplish so 
little good in the world. There is no prayer 
more necessary than that which the disciples 
addressed to their Great Teacher: "Lord, 
teach its to pray." When we have learned 
to pray right, and live right, and trust right, 
we will have another Pentecost. God is just 
as willing to work miracles to-day, as eigh- 
teen hundred years ago, if we are the proper 
instruments through which to perform them. 
There is a pitiful outcry among believers, and 
especially in our own Brotherhood, against 
the exercise of faith and the utterance of 
prayer that transcends the ordinary course of 
nature, just as though nature were Christ's 
master instead of his servant. We have been 
killed by the letter of Scripture, and have 
magnified the subordinates and auxiliaries of 
grace, until there is with many, very little 
left bat the sapless, innutritions husk. God 
could not make man, nor compile a Bible, or 
institute a ritual without risks; and the en- 
' tire history of the race demonstrates that even 
in religion, man is prone to walk by sense 
and sight instead of faith, and miss the in- 
spiration and beatitude which comes by the 
vivid, living apprehension, and overtopping 
influence of things unseen and eternal. 2 Cor. 
4: 17-18. 

To have the solemn and stupendous reali- 
ties of the Spirit world come out to us as 
grand, controlling facts, is the only consid- 
eration that lifts us out of the low, dead, sli- 
my level of the flesh, and renders Hebrews 
12: 22-24, more real and influential than the 
transient 'scenes that daily greet our senses. 
If we would be great men and women in the 
noblest sense, and fulfill the Divine purpose 
of our existence, we must "walk by faith." 
But this means so much more than the ortho- 
dox definition, that all sorts of devices are 
manufactured to whittle it down to a dead 
theological term, or a carnal shibboleth. 
Faith is not the credence of a Divine utter- 
ance simply, but the apprehension of God him- 
self. It is not a separate mental exercise, but 
a spiritual appropriation and identification of 
the love, wisdom, and power of Jehovah. 



The Divine Incarnation and human faith are 
equations. God has put no more in Emman- 
uel than human nature is capable of holding. 
Christ is not keeping up a farce in His Per- 
son, but living a perfectly natural life. Mary 
received the Holy Ghost by faith, and the 
Holy Child Jesus grew up in the element of 
trust, and his responsible life was a simple, 
unflawed expression of confidence in His 
Heavenly Father. He is our model. Such 
faith as he had, he wants us to have, and 
gives us the Holy Spirit for that very pur- 
pose. 

We need not be" astonished that He does 
not many mighty works in our midst. Matt. 
13: 58. A few of us have dared to believe in 
the power of faith for the removal of bodily 
ailments and incapacities, and not a few pro- 
nounce us enthusiasts and fanatics. But the 
sad and terrible fact is, the evidence of faith 
in the higher sphere is palpably and deplor- 
ably lacking. 

Our discussion of this subject at Samuel 
Garber's, during your ministerial labors in 
our community, would have been much more 
thorough and ripping, had I not dreaded the 
combustible elements ready to take fire in 
some of the leading brethren who engaged 
in it. Even among believers there is room 
for the application, in a modified sense, of 
Matt. 7: 6. Faith and love are indissoluble; 
and "love is not easily provoked," "thinketh 
no evil," "beareth and hopeth all things." 
Where the reverse obtains, all our preten- 
sions are no more than "sounding brass, or a 
tinkling cymbal." Faith inchrists us, an d 
love softens and smoothes us into the beauty 
of holiness, and diffuses the sweetness, wis- 
dom, and power of the Divine Nature, 
through the body, soul and spirit. The 
God-born are called a peculiar people, and 
on most indisputable evidence, God is in 
them, and He cannot be hid. His loveliness, 
glory, and Divinity shine out every-where. 
Jesting ministers, gossiping, tittering sisters, 
world-hungering, money-grasping brethren, 
whose heaven is represented by the market- 
house, rather than the sanctuary, may "make 
a fair show in the flesh," but belie their pro- 
fession as illustrators of God manifest in the 
flesh. God is in earnest, and wants us to be. 
His hemisphere is grace, and ours is faith, 
and these two constitute "the glorious Gospel 
of the blessed God," and "the glorious liber- 
ty of the children of God. 1 Tim. 1: 11; 
Eom. 8: 21. 

To be free to love goodness and holiness, 
as God is free, is the very purpose and re- 
sult of the infleshing of Jehovah. We are 
not to groan out Bom. 7: 24, to the end of 
our probation. Nine-tenths of Christendom 
are shocked at the idea of being "complete in 
Christ," or of claiming by faith the con- 
scious, personal realization of Bom. 8: 3; 1 
John 1: 3, 7; 2: 5, 6, 20; 3: 3, 9, 22; 4: 16, 17, 
18; 5: 4, 5, 14, 18. This is "the high calling 
of God in Christ Jesus" — so high that the 
majority of professing Christians deride 
those who believe it and claim to realize it. 
"Going on to perfection" means infinitely 
more and other than tearing the church to 
pieces in order to have our own way in mat- 



ters of doctrine and discipline, and personal 
privileges which concern the liberty of the 
flesh more than liberty of the spirit. Errors 
of judgment in relation to the objective are 
not necessarily and inherently fatal; but 
"without holiness no man shall see the Lord." 
The little that may be gained in outward 
privilege by ecclesiastical disruptions, is 
vastly preponderated for evil by the concom- 
itants of bitterness, hatred, envy, jealousy, 
malice and injustice. Self-crucifixion is the 
cardinal principle and primary fact of Chris- 
tian life and progress. To "confer with flesh 
and blood" is to fill the church with spiritu- 
al corpses — Pharisees and hypocrites. To 
lose our life is to save it, and vice versa. — 
The condition of redemption is immutable 
and unequivocal: — "By grace are ye saved 
through faith." But the faith that is not 
synonymous with the Incarnation and the 
cross will not lift into joint heirship with Je- 
sus Christ. 



"BE NOT UNEQUALLY YOKED TO- 
GETHER WITH UNBELIEV- 
ERS."— 2 Cor. 6: 14. 



BY JOHN KNISLEY. 



Dear members, a believer and an unbeliev- 
er do not work well under the yoke. The be- 
liever will have his affection in heaven, where 
Christ sitteth on the right hand of God, 
while the unbeliever will have his affection 
on his master, the devil, who will take him 
into the grog-shop and to the dancing-room, 
and to the gambling shop, and we might 
name a hundred different things, and then 
not tell it all. And if we are yoked with un- 
believers, we may sometime be dragged into 
some of those bad holes where wolves go, and 
not sheep. "And what concord hath Christ 
with Belial? or what part hath he that be- 
lieveth with an infidel?" 2 Cor. 6: 15. Paul 
thinks it would not be a good yoke to be 
yoked with such, neither would it make a 
good yoke, for one would pull one way while 
the other would pull the other way. And 
they would not effect much. If two cannot 
work together, they had better separate, and 
get to such as will work together. Verse 
16 says: "And what agreement hath the tem- 
ple of God with idols? for ye are the temple 
of the living God; as God hath said, I will 
dwell in them, and walk in them ; and I will 
be their God, and they shall be my people." 
O, if we are God's people, we will do as Paul 
says in the 17th verse: "Wherefore come out 
from among them, and be ye separate, saith 
the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; 
and I will receive you." Oh, let us all walk 
aocording to God's direction, and we will al- 
ways be sure of God's protection. Let us do 
all that God commands, and avoid all that he 
forbids; and let us not fear what man can do. 
Sin is so very infectious, that to mix with 
sinners is dangerous; and therefore, if we 
would not be infected by them, come out 
from among them, avoid their company as 
you would the plague; keep at a distance 
from them, and come ye out from among 
them, and let the world see that you are none 
of them; do not even stand before the door 



THE GrOSIPIEL MKSSEISTGKER. 



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where strong drink is sold; shun the grog- 
shops where your eyes get red. Prov. 23: 29, 
80, 81, 32. "Who hath woe?" The man that 
is yoked with unbelievers. "Who hath sor- 
row ?" The same man and his dear wife and 
ohildren, if he has any, if the husband will 
look arms and be yoked with the man that 
gets red eyes in the saloons. 

Oh, dear members, do favor prohibition to 
pat away that which destroys more souls and 
brings more people to an untimely grave, and 
makes more miserable families than any- 
thing else in the world. "At the last it bit- 
eth like a serpent, and stingeth like an ad- 
der." Prov. 23: 32. Oh, I say again, Come 
out from among them, for we owe the life of 
our souls to the death of the Savior, but for 
the light of the world we had all been in 
darknesB. John 8: 12. Therefore, let us not 
be yoked together with them. The word of 
God is a lamp and light; it discovers mani- 
fold mysteries; it directs man's course, but 
not the unbeliever's, as long as ho remains in 
unbelief. Dear members, many of us are 
getting old, and cannot face many storms 
any more, but my prayer to God is that our 
young and rising generation will carry on the 
work of the Lord when we are dead and 
gone. Amen. 

Plymouth, Ind. 



SELECT NOTES. 



BY J. B. LAIR. 



— In G. M. No. 45, first page, first column, 
lower left hand corner, I read advice that 
should, in my opinion, be taken by every 
body. It is given in a kind, Christian spirit, 
Bhowing that it comes from the Great Foun- 
tain of all good. If we have the disposition 
to allow others the same privilege we take, 
we will always get along well. But I fear 
we are too much inclined to want others to 
do and be as we do and are. It seems to be 
a weakness in us to take self for the paragon. 
If we could feel that our brother had aa good 
right to his views as we had to ours, this 
would be a much better world to live in. 

— Ooe odd feature of the. meeting in the 
Osage church, Kan., was, that all but two of 
the seventeen additions were >oung men and 
boys — several boys from thirteen to fifteen 
years old, aud only one married man, and he 
not old. 

— Feedinq the Multitude. — M. A has decid- 
ed that the uniform price for meals at A. M. 
should be twenty -five cents. This is accord- 
ing to my liking. It is a pity that poor 
churches had to be taxed so long to feed 
wealthy members and outsiders, but now, is 
the plan perfect, is it just what we want? I 
notice that the coat in lumber and dishes, 
etc., is quite considerable, but when it goes 
to selling them again, the sale does not 
amount to "considerable." Now, this same 
thing occurs year after year, and it is thought 
there is no help for it. Well now, just think, 
almost every other defeot has been, or is be- 
ing overcome, and why not this? I have no 
general plan to offer, but I would suggest 
this: I have no doubt there could be paities 
found wherever the A. M. is held, who would 



undertake to fesd the multitude for the fixed 
prioe, and I would dare say even less. I have 
no doubt there are parties who would make 
all the necessary arrangements and feed the 
multitude for twenty cents per meal. Some 
might fear it would not be good and plenty. 
Those who go there, only to gormandize, had 
better not go at all, is the only answer that 
need be given to that objection. 

— We are told, and it is published far and 
near, that still some are leaving the church, 
and going over to certain reformers, where 
they can have "liberty." Why, this is no 
surprise, they did that very same thing when 
Jesus Christ, the Savior, was yet in the world, 
and it is being done ever since. But one 
thing I wish to impress on the mind: It was 
not the true believers that departed, — 
not the disciples. Their answer was, "Thou 
hast the words of eternal life." It was eter- 
nal life with the faithful then, it is eternal 
life with them yet. It was liberty with the 
lustful then, it is liberty with them still. — 
Paul forbade that liberty should be used as 
an occasion of the flesh. That injunction 
has become obsolete now to many, and I 
can see with my own eyes, that this liberty 
is taken advantage of to decorate those poor, 
dying, mortal bodies. I have failed, as yet, 
to see one instance where that has not been 
the result of that "liberty." 

— Ministers, as a rule, often become dis- 
couraged, when, after all their hard labors to 
win souls to Christ, they still stand back and 
seem to scorn all entreaties. This is dis- 
couraging, true, but then the reason is we 
oalculate on too much. When the Savior 
was in the world, with all his power and wis- 
dom, and signs and wonders, he was treat- 
ed the same way, and even worse than any 
ministers are treated now. Then why be 
very much discouraged? 

— If it is a fact that troubles, and trials, 
and adversities, and difficulties, and sorrows, 
and persecutions, make us richer and happi- 
er in the eternal world, there are some poor 
mortals, doubtless, in this world who will be 
rich and happy in the other world; but what 
about those who cause the troubles, and dif- 
ficulties, and persecutions? It might insult 
them to call them sinners. 

— Up to this date, Dec. 5, we have had an 
unusual fine fall. The weather has been all 
the farmers could wish for their fall work. — 
Corn is about all gathered in, and much 
plowing is done. Yesterday was the most 
bluetery day of the season, and to-day it is 
very fair and nice, but probably the coldest 
of the season. Health is unusually good 
now, and, notwithstanding the hard times, 
people mostly all happy. 

Laneville, Kan. 



CAUSES OF FAILURE IN THE LORD'S 
VINEYARD. 



BY J. D. MEYERS. 

That many persons, starting for heaven, 
never get there, is plainly stated in God's 
Word. Now, there must be some cause, and 
that cause is not with God, for he is "not 
willing that any should perish, but that all 



should oome to him and live." If the oausi 
is not in God, it oertainly must be with us 

Knowing then, that the cause of missing 
eternal happiness lies in us, it behooves to as 
certain the cause and how it may be removed 
But are there not many causes to prevent mer 
and women from realizing that bliss that thi 
blood- washed shall enjoy? Yea, verily.— 

But, may they not all or nearly all be tracec 
to the one great cause, unbelief? What bu 
unbelief caused our first parents to partake 
of the forbidden fruit? Had they believed 
"Ye shall surely die," in its fullness, the wi 
ly, flattering promises of the serpent coulc 
have made no impression upon their pure 
minds. 

Because of unbelief the Children of Israe 
fell by thousands in the wilderness; and, be 
cause of unbelief, thousands, yea, million! 
drop in the wilderness of sin, under the gos 
pel dispensation. Oh, how slow we are to 
believe! When God says, "Ask and ye shal 
receive," we approach a throne of grace wit! 
a doubting heart; then, when our prayers re 
main unanswered, we begin to question thi 
truth of God's Word. We prostrate our 
selves before the throne of God and implore 
the conversion of our father, or of our owi 
dear mother, or, perhaps, of some erring chile 
or of our own bosom companion, then we tun 
to neighbor B. and say, "I am afraid he wil 
never be converted." Brethren and sisters, ii 
it not true that we are slow to believe 
Again, when the dark clouds of adversity 
darken our spiritual horizon, how slow we ari 
in flying to the arms of Jesus for light anc 
guidance ! And why ? Simply because we dc 
not believe that he is able and willing to save 
to the uttermost, and to deliver us from evil 

The missionary cause languishes for wan 
of means, because we are unwilling to believe 
that "bread cast upon the waters shall b< 
gathered many days hence." We are afraic 
to give to the Lord that which he has lent us 
for fear we shall want. Surely, we fai 
to accomplish great things because of unbe 
lief. But this unbelief may be remo> ed bj 
throwing ourselves at the feet of our Media 
tor, Jesus Christ, and imploring forgivenesi 
for past offenses and begging strength for fut 
ure temptations, in connection with a care 
ful study of God's Truth. We can believe il 
we wish to. All obstacles can be overcome 
but only by God's aid. We must ever lear 
on the Almighty's arm. God is a jealoui 
God, and asks our prayers and reliance oi 
him. Let us, then, trust him, pray to him foi 
divine guidance, and the huge rocks of un< 
belief will be rolled away from the door ol 
our sin-benighted hearts. 

Lavansville, Pa. 

Once, when Rowland Hill was in Scotland 
he was introduced to an aged minister, some 
what resembling himself in piety and eceen 
tricity. The old man looked at him foi 
some time very earnestly, and at length said 
"Weel, I have been looking for some time al 
the leens of your face." "And what do yot 
think of it?" said Mr. HilL "Why, I an 
thinking that if the grace of God had m 
changed your heart, you would have been c 
most tremendous rogue." Mr. Hill laughec 
heartily and said, "Well you have just hi \ 
the nail on the head." 



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letters commending this effort, and we thank 
our Brethren for their kind words. A broth- 
er in Ohio writes, "After reading No. 1 of 
the Messenger for 1886, and finding it so full 
of heavenly manna, I concluded at once to 
send to you for fifty copies for free distribu- 
tion ; thinking they might be the means in 
the hands of God in saving some poor soul." 
We might give many extracts of this kind, 
but this will suffice. We hope our Brethren 
and friends will assist us in extending the 
usefulness of the paper. This you can do by 
asking your neighbors and friends to sub- 
scribe for it, and thus secure a good paper 
for the entire year. In this way the faith 
and practice of the church, we all love so 
well, may be given to those who have no 
knowledge of us as a church, and you may, 
in this way, do some missionary work. We 
shall, by God's help, labor to give you a pa- 
per in every way worthy its name, and make 
it in character, as well as in name, a messen- 
ger of the gospel of peace. 



PAYING TITHES. 



The practice of paying tithes is older than 
the law of Moses. In Gen. 14: 20, we find 
that Abraham paid tithes to Melchisedek, 
king of Salem. Jacob, in imitation of the pi- 
ety and liberality of his grandfather, vowed 
to give to the Lord tithes of all that God 
would give into his hand. "And of all that 
thou shalt give me, I will surely give a tenth 



unto thee." Gen, 28: 22. This rule of giv- 
ing to the Lord for the maintenance of his 
house, and his worship, became one of the 
fixed laws of the Jewish dispensation. "All 
the tithes of the land, whether of the seed of 
the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the 
Lord's: it is holy unto the Lord." Lev. 28: 
30. This tithe was to be one-tenth of all that 
was grown or raised, and it was not regarded 
aB alms, it was the portion that the Lord 
claimed and said, It is "mine." 

There were three kinds of tithes to be paid 
by the Jews. 1. To the Levites for their 
maintenance. "I have given the children of 
Levi all the tenth in Israel for an inheritance, 
for their service which they serve, even the 
service of the tabernacle of the congrega- 
tion." Num. 18: 21. 

2. For the feasts and sacrifices to be offer- 
ed to the Lord in his temple. "And thou 
shalt eat before the Lord thy God, in the 
place where he shall choose to place his name 
there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and 
of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds 
and of thy flocks." Deut. 14: 23. 

3. A tithe for the poor to be given every 
third year. "For the Levite and the strang- 
er, and the fatherless, and the widow, which 
are within thy gates, shall come and eat and 
be satisfied." Deut. 14: 28, 29. 

Such was the law of Moses, and when the 
people grew cold and indifferent, and fell in- 
to idolatry, the first evidence of their cold- 
ness was made manifest by their neglecting 
to pay their tithes and give the Lord his por- 
tion. On this account God charges them 
with having robbed him. "Will a man rob 
God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, 
Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and 
offerings." Mai. 3: 8. These people for- 
got God and kept his portion, and he justly 
charges them with robbery. 

In studying closely the history of the Jew- 
ish church, it is found that every great refor- 
mation that was effected among them was 
marked by the payment of back tithes and 
offerings to the Lord. This was pleasing to 
the Almighty, for he spoke these words of 
comfort and promise to them, "Bring ye all 
the tithes into the store-house, that there 
may be meat in mine house; and prove me 
now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I 
will not open you the windows of heaven, and 
pour you out a blessing, that there shall not 
be room enough to receive it." Mai. 3: 10. 

It is estimated that the pious and devout 

Jew who adhered strictly to the letter and 

• spirit of the Law, gave every year in tithes 

and offerings to the Lord at least one-half of 

his income. 

Christ, in speaking of the tithing practiced 
by the Pharisees, gives his divine sanction 
to it by saying, "Ye tithe mint and rue, and 
all kinds of herbs, and pass over judgment 
and the love of God: these ought ye to have 
done, and not to leave the other undone" 
Luke 11: 42. In sending out the apostles on 



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41. 



the first missionary tour, to the cities of Is- 
rael, he commanded them to take neither 
money nor provision with them, but enter in- 
to the houses of those who were willing to re- 
ceive them, and eat what was set before them, 
for, says he, "The workman is worthy of his 
meat," Matt. 10: 10. Here it appears that 
the Master taught that they who receive the 
benefits of the Gospel should furnish those 
who bring it to them with their bodily wants. 
Paul, who received his call to the apostleship 
so miraculously from Jesus, carries out this 
same thought when he says, "Let him that 
is taught communicate to him that teacheth 
in all good things." Gal. 6: 6. And again, 
"If we have sown unto you spiritual things, 
is it a great thing if we shall reap your car- 
nal things? Even so has the Lord ordained 
that they which preach the gospel should live 
of the gospel." 1 Cor. 9: 11, 13. 

With these evidences of the utter and en- 
tire consecration, by the Israelites, of all they 
possessed to the Lord, recorded in the Old 
Testament Scriptures, which were given us as 
an example, and the teaching of our blessed 
Master and his apostles on the subject, set 
before us, we may well ask ourselves the 
questions, Have we robbed the Lord? Have 
we given to him his portion? Have we will- 
ingly communicated in all good things to 
those who have taught us? Have we consid- 
ered God's workmen worthy of their meat? — 
These questions stand before us, and as serv- 
ants of the living God, how many of us 
must say, We have not done our duty; we have 
withheld the Lord's tenth? Let us not for- 
get that the first great sin committed in the 
land of Canaan was that of Aohan, who took 
of that which was consecrated to the Lord 
for his own use, and because of his sin, the 
favor of God was withdrawn from Israel. To 
this sin of Achan's we have almost a parallel 
case in the early Christian church, that of 
Ananias and Sapphira, who kept back part of 
what had been consecrated to the Lord, and 
for their theft and lying they were stricken 
dead. "Let us beware of covetousness, which 
is idolatry," and let us see to it that we with- 
hold not the Lord's portion. 



MY RELIGION. 



Count Leo Tolstoi's new book with the 
above title, is an exceedingly interesting vol- 
ume. The author, a Russian nobleman, an 
adherent of the State religion of the Russians, 
served in the Crimean war, and later led a 
life of excessive luxury, characteristic of the 
Russian nobility. Educated in the Univer- 
sity at Kasan, he gained considerable fame as 
an author. About six years ago he commenc- 
ed a careful study of the New Testament, 
and the result was that a new faith came to 
him, "I believed in the doctrine of Jesus, 
and my whole life underwent a sudden trans- 
formation. What I had once wished for I 
wished for no longer, and I began to desire 



what I had never desired before." This 
sounds very much like the language of a con- 
verted man. The author then proceeds to 
tell in plain language how he found the key 
to the true meaning of the doctrine of Jesu?, 
and how doubt was driven from his soul. 

He had been impressed from childhood 
with that portion of the gospel "which incul- 
cates love, humility, self-denial, and the duty 
of returning good for evil." In the church 
of which he was a communicant, he found 
the very reverse taught and practiced. Wars, 
persecution, strife, bloodshed, were support- 
ed by the church. But he found, as he says, 
"In the sermon on the Mount, as well as in 
many other places, Jesus represents his dis- 
ciples, those who observe the rule of non-re- 
sistance to evil, as turning the other cheek, 
giving up their cloaks, persecuted, used de- 
spitefully, and in want. Every-where Jesus 
says that he who taketh not up his cross, he 
who does not renounce worldly advantage, he 
who is not ready to bear all the consequenc- 
es of the commandment, 'Resist not evil] can- 
not become his disciple." 

"If any one takes advantage of this dispo- 
sition and affronts you, bear the affront, and 
do not, above all things, have recourse to vi- 
olence. This Jesus said in words so clear 
and simple that it would be impossible to ex- 
press the idea more clearly." The search on 
the part of the author for truth led him to 
examine the question of divorce, taking 
oaths, holding office under the government, 
etc., etc., all of which he found to be contra- 
ry to the teaching of Jesus. On the oath, he 
says: "If obedience to the doctrine of Jesus 
consists in perpetual observance of the will 
of God, how can a man swear to observe the 
will of another man or other men? The will 
of God cannot coincide with the will of man, 
and this is precisely what Jesus said in Matt. 
2: 36." 

"In fact, the principal obstacle .to a com- 
prehension of the truth that the gospel for- 
bids all manner of oaths, exists in the fact 
that our pseudo-Christian commentators 
themselves, with unexampled audacity, take 
oath upon the gospel itself. They make men 
swear by the gospel, that is to say, they do 
just the contrary of what the gospel com- 
mands. Why does it never occur to the man 
who is made to take an oath upon the cross 
and the gospel, that the cross was made sa- 
cred only by the death of one who forbade 
all oaths, and that in kissing the sacred book 
he perhaps is pressing his lips upon the very 
page where is recorded the clear and direct 
commandment, 'Sircar not at all?" Space 
forbids further quotation. Enough is given 
to show that in part, at least, the author has 
found the truth. In accordance with his 
views he has retired from his position in 
Moscow, and is leading a life of frugality and 
toil on his estates in the country. 

•My KelUrion, by Count Tolutoi. T. Y. Crowell & Co.. Now 
York, pp. 274, $1. 



THE FRIENDS AND THE 
SCRIPTURES. 



The following article upon Reading Script- 
ures in Meeting, wo find in the Philadelphia 
Friend: 

"Charles Thompson, in the Londm Friend, expresses 
his uneasiness at finding that this subject has taken hold 
of the minds of some Friends. The proposition, he says, 
'clearly means the institution of the regular practi e in 
our meetings for divine worship. I most respectfully 
submit that this innovation is hardly open for discussion 
within the limits of the Society of Friends. Over two 
centuries of usage, and the well understood unwritten 
law as to spiritual communion, cannot now be set aside 
without uprooting the Society as a distinct icligious body. 
The step from the adoption of the regular reading of a 
portion of Scripture in meetings set apart for waiting on 
the Lord,' to a regular sermon, and the singing of 'ap- 
proved' hymns, water-baptism, and the so-called supper, 
etc., etc., would be short and easy. We are deploring 
the state of things now existing among those under our 
name in America, which has been largely brought about 
through the exercise of this unhallowed liberty, and it 
will be needful for Friends in Pmgland to watch against 
the encroachments of this disintegrating spirit.' 

"A communication appears in the British Friend on 
the same subject, from John Dinsdale, now in his eighty- 
second year, who came eighteen years ago from among 
the Wesleyans. Their practice of reading in their meet- 
ings was a great trouble to him then. He says, 'I know 
that reading pleases the natural part, but self must be 
denied and the cross taken up.' " 

To those Christians who are accustomed to 
hearing the Scriptures so much read in meet- 
ings of worship, as is done by Christians so 
generally, the above remarks disapproving of 
the practice, will seem very strange. And 
we must confess that it is not a little surpris- 
ing to us, that the Friends consider it wrong 
to read the Scriptures in their meetings of 
worship. The Jews, in their meetings of 
worship in their synagogues, read the Script- 
ures that they had in their time. And our 
Lord sanctioned the custom. It is said of 
him, "And he came to Nazareth, where he 
had been brought up: and, as his custom 
was, he went into the synagogue on the Sab- 
bath-day, and stood up for to read. And 
there was delivered unto him the book of the 
prophet Eaaias; and when he had opened the 
book, he found the place where it was writ- 
ten, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me," etc. 

We have nothing so direct and explicit, in- 
forming us of the Christians in the apostolic 
age, reading the Scriptures in their meetings 
of worship. It was some time after the or- 
ganization of the Christian church, before 
the Christian Scriptures were written. They, 
however, had the Old Testament Scriptures, 
and these they no doubt read until the Gos- 
pels and Epistles were written. The follow- 
ing language of the Apostle Faul would indi- 
cate that the Scriptures were read: "When 
ye come together, every one of you hath a 
psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath 
a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all 
things be done unto edifying." 1 Cor. 11: 26. 
"Speaking to yourselves in pBalms, and 
hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and 
making melody in your heart to the Lord." 
Epb. 5: 1!>. It appears the psalms were 
much read, both in private and in public. — 






42 



THE GrOSPETL, MEBSENGER. 



There is bo much devotional feeling in them, 
and they are so admirably adapted to the 
promotion of devotional feeling. Henoe they 
have always been much used by Christians. 
The prophets and other parts of the Script- 
ures were, no doubt, also read. 

The apostle says to the brethren at Colos- 
se, "And when this epistle is read among 
you, cause that it be read also in the church 
of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read 
the epistle from Laodicea." Col. 4: 16. The 
epistles that were written to the various 
churches unquestionably were read in the 
churches. But it perhaps will be said, they 
were not read as a part of worship. But is 
there not much in the Scriptures that is well 
calculated to help produce a devotional feel- 
ing in the Christian worshipper? There 
surely is. And is there not much in the 
Scriptures that is to be presented as doctrine 
and duty, and which it is very proper to pre- 
sent in meetings of worship? There surely 
is. 

Every person that has been in the religious 
meetings of Friends, knows that their minis- 
ters quote the Scripture in their ministry. — 
And though they do not formally take a text 
to preach from, still they very often, at the 
commencement of the public testimony, quote 
a passage of Scripture that has impressed 
them, and they explain and apply it. Now, 
if it is right and profitable to quote Script- 
ures and explain and apply them, we cannot 
see how it can be wrong to read them in 
meetings held for worship, and then explain 
and apply them. And it certainly cannot be 
wrong to read the Scriptures in meetings for 
worship. If evil grows out of the reading of 
them, it is not caused by the simple reading 
of them, but it must come from the manner 
of reading them, or from some abuse of the 
practice. 

A ad it appears that in the age immediate- 
ly after the apostolic age, the Scriptures were 
read by the Christians in their meetings of 
worship. Justin Martyr, who was born in 
the early part of the second century, bears 
the following testimony to the practice: "And 
on the day called Sunday, all who live in cit- 
ies or in the country gather together in one 
place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the 
writings of the prophets are read, as long as 
time permits; then, when the reader has 
ceased, the president verbally instincts, and 
exhorts to the imitation of these good things." 
Justin Martyr's Works, p. 69. 

In the same number of the Philadelphia 
Friend that the passage we have quoted con- 
cerning the reading of the Scriptures in 
meetings occurs, we find the following lan- 
guage attributed to William Penn: "I do de- 
clare to the whole world, that we [the Quak- 
ers] believe the Scriptures to contain a decla- 
ration of the mind and will of God, in and to 
those ages in which they were written, being 
given forth by the Holy Ghost, moving in 
the hearts of holy men of God; that they 



ought also to be believed, read and fulfilled 
in our day, being useful for reproof and in- 
struction, that the man of God may be per- 
fect; and that they have been and are instru- 
mental to great good upon the spirits of peo- 
ple, by the secret power of God, which often 
strikes and presseth home to the very con- 
science the weighty truths declared therein; 
yet we do deny them to be the Word of God, 
ascribing that alone to Christ himself, — and 
that not without Scriptural reason" The ital- 
icizing is ours. 

We must express our surprise again at 
what seems to us, the confounding of Christ, 
in the declaration of William Penn above 
given, with something else, which is also, in 
the Scriptures, called the Word of God. 

It will be readily admitted by all intelli- 
gent readers of the Scriptures, we presume, 
that the Word of God is one of the titles giv- 
en to Christ in the Soriptures. But that he 
is always directly referred to, and meant, 
when the phrase, "word of God," occurs, is 
not in harmony with the teaching of the 
Scriptures, as will be seen from the follow- 
ing passages, which are but few of the many 
that could be quoted: "Every word of God 
is pure." Ps. 30: 6. "Making the word of 
God of none effect through your tradition." 
Mark 7: 13. "Man shall not live by bread 
alone, but by every word of God." Luke 4: 
4. "The whole city came to hear the word 
of God." Acts 13: 44. "So mightily grew 
the word of God and prevailed." Acts 19: 20. 
"Not handling the word of God deceitfully." 
2 Cor. 4: 2. "The sword of the Spirit, which 
is the word of God." Eph. 6: 17. "Who have 
spoken unto you the word of God." Heb. 13: 
7. In all the above quotations, the phrase, 
"word of God," does not mean Christ, but the 
communications which God has made to 
man, in the form of law, commandments, pre- 
cepts, promises, etc. These are properly 
called the word of God, because he has spok- 
en them, or delivered them, and protected 
them. And these, with some other things, 
are what constitute, what we call, the Script- 
ures, the Bible, and the word of God. 

We have a high regard for the Friends. — 
Oar acquaintance with them has been con- 
siderable, and we have found much in them 
that is commendable. Bat they have seri- 
ously erred. They do not, apparently, recog- 
nize the divine authority of the Scriptures to 
the extent that they should do. This is pret- 
ty plainly manifested in the quotations we 
have made. And we have been inclined to 
think that their peculiar views of the Script- 
ures, and their want of a proper faith in 
them, have led them to discourage, and even 
oppose the reading of them in their meetings, 
and to look upon the ordinances of the church 
that are taught in the Soriptures, in the light 
in which they look upon those ordinances. 

===== J " Q * 

In spiritual things we always get as muoh 
as we lay ourselves oat for. 



NOTES FROM OUR CORRESPONDENTS. 

"As oold water is to a thirsty soul, so is good news from 
a far country. 

— Bro. S. D. Fortner has some kind, en- 
couraging words for the Messenger. The 
paper has done them all good, and he it 
thankful for it and for the excellent reading 
it contains. 

— Bro. S. W. Garber, of the Barren Bidge 
church, Va., says they are in love and union. 
Christmas Day was spent in holding forth 
the divine word. Some church work was al- 
so attended to. The mission work, both lo- 
cal and foreign, received substantial aid. 

— Bro. L. S. Snyder of the New Valley 
church, Iowa, writes: "The church is prosper- 
ing. One was received by baptism recently. 
Brethren Diehl and Dierdorff were with them, 
and held a series of meetings. The church 
was strengthened, and is now in peace, and 
in the advance." 

—From Bro. E. L. Felix, of Pyrmont, In&t 
we learn that Bro. N. Fisher was holding t 
meeting for them. He commenced the work] 
Dec. 28. Two had been received by baptism, 
and more, it was hoped, would come out on 
the Lord's side before the close of the meet- 
ings. 

— Bro. L. E. Miller, of the Bremen church, 
Ind., under date of Dec. 26, informs us thai 
Bro. J. Metzger, of Indiana, preached nine 
sermons for them. One was baptized, anal 
more were convinced of their duty, but said, 
"Not now." Bro. Metzger is a good soldier, 
who spends much of his time preaching the 
gospel. May the Lord bless his labors. 

— Bro. Geo. H. Cox, of Donnel's Creek, 0., 
writes that the church in that locality is 
moving forward. Twenty-six have been add- 
ed by baptism and four reclaimed. Bro. 
Henry Frantz is very sick with typhoid fev- 
er, and has been confined to his bed for three 
weeks. May he put his whole confidence ii 
the Lord, who is able to raise him up. 

— From Bro. S. Burket, of the Rock Ear 
church, Elkhart Co., Ind., we learn that Brc 
Isaac Rairigh, of Michigan, came to them on 
Dec. 21, and held a series of meetings in their 
church. Thirteen sermons were preachedJ 
and three were converted and baptized.— I 
Miny others were almost persuaded. Bro.] 
Rtiirigh is an able expounder of the truth. 

— Bro. S. F. Sanger gives us the folio win gj 
interesting incident, showing the uncertain-] 
ty of life: "In the last number of the Mes- 
senger for 1885, we gave a report of a 'Mid- ' 
night Baptism.' The young brother who was] 
then baptized, has since recovered, and at- 
tended our meeting on last Sunday for the' 
first time since entering the new relationship. 
A young friend who was then present, and 
kindly assisted us in the work, has since been 
made a victim to pneumonia, and within six 
weeks from the time he saw his friend enter 
the liquid grave, he himself was called to en- 
ter the narrow tomb, after only a few days' 
sickness. 'Oh, time, how few thy value 
knowl' May this prove a warning to many, 
who read this as well as to his young associ- 
ates." 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGEE. 



48 



— Bro. D. W. 0. Rowe of Dupont, Ohio, 
gives a description of a man whom he has 
reason to believe is an impostor. He gave 
his name as Miller, is a small man, about 
four feet six inches in height, heavy beard, 
about sixty- five years old. He claims to be 
a member of the church. He said he had 
his home with Bro. Dietrich, but Bro. D. 
knows nothing of him. 

— Bro. I. H. Isenbarger, of Battle Creek, 
Iowa, informs us that Bro. Joseph Trostle, of 
Kingsley, that State, proclaimed the glad 
tidings of salvation to them from Dec. 19 to 
the 23rd. They are only a few in number, 
and are glad to have the brethren come and 
preach for them. Bro. Isenbarger lives on 
the Maple River Branch of the N. W- R- R-, 
and will be glad to have biethren who will 
come and preach for them, write to him 
and he will arrange for them. 

— Bro. A. J. Peebler, of Ozawkie, Kan., 
gives a short account of their Sunday-school. 
At first they started a union school in one of 
the school-houses, Bro. P. serving as Super- 
intendent. About eight months ago the 
Brethren consented to having it taken into 
the meeting-house. This, with the election 
of officers and teachers, all of whom are mem- 
bers except one, gave strength to the school, 
and it has gained steadily and is now a suc- 
cess. The Brethren give God the praise, 
and ask an interest in the prayers of his chil- 
dren. 

— From J. H. Flory, of Mondovi, Lincoln 
Co., W. T'y., we have a letter asking for some 
of our ministers, sound in the faith of the 
gospel, to come and preach for them. They 
have a good, healthy country. He thinks 
that where there are so many ministers in 
one arm of the church, one, at least, might 
be spared to look after the scattered sheep in 
the West. The Brethren's doctrine has not 
been preached in their part of the country, 
and he thinks much good might be done. — 
We hope some of our brethren who read this 
call will heed it. 

— Sister Clarinda A. Garwin, of Spencer, 
Iowa, asks the following questions: "Should 
any one be baptized without making confes- 
sion of their faults ?" The Scripture says, 
"He that believeth and is baptized shall be 
saved;" and again, "Repent and be baptized." 
A sinner must believe, repent, and confess 
his sins to God. "Should one be baptized 
who has given offense to a member and has 
not made reconciliation, although asked to 
do so?" The repentant man or woman who 
has given up sin, should also bring forth 
fruits meet for repentance, and the Script- 
ure teaches, in case of Zaccheus, that wrongs 
should be made right so far as it is in the 
power of the repentant sinner to make them 
right The practice of the church has al- 
ways been in accord with the Scripture on 
this point. The council of the church is 
taken before an applicant is baptized, and if 
no objections are raised, then baptism is ad- 
ministered. If, however, an objection be 
raised, then the matter is investigated, and 
the cause of offense, if possible, removed. — 
This, we believe, to be the Bible plan, and is 



certainly safe. In regard to the offended 
member — receiving one as a brother c- sister 
who has been baptized without removing the 
cause of offense, we should first want to know 
what aotion the church had taken in the mat- 
ter, and whether the applicant was received 
in accordance with the Bible rule as given 
above. If so, then every difference should be 
buried and the newly baptized member should 
be received with joy into the body of Christ. 
We must be careful not to offend even the 
weakest souls that come to Christ, for to 
him they are precious. 

— Bro. L. E. Forney reports that the Sa- 
lem church, Reno Co., Kan., is moving along 
pleasantly. All are in love and harmony. — 
"Our Sabbath-school is in good working con- 
dition, with good attendance. We have a 
social meeting twice a month, which, we 
think, is very profitable to all who attend it. 
Subject for next meeting is love. We expect 
to hold a series of meetings soon. We are 
not positive who will do the preaching. — 
Some are almost persuaded; for such we 
pray, that God may send his convincing pow- 
er upon them until they come to the Savior." 

— Bro. I. D. Parker writes under date of 
Dec. 23, as follows: "We are on our way 
home from the Owl Creek church, Knox Co., 
Ohio; were with the dear ones at that place 
a week, trying to tell them the sweet story of 
the cross. Closed the meetings with two ac- 
cessions by baptism, and one application. 
Others have promised to come soon. One 
dear sister was baptized on her birthday, be- 
ing eighteen years of age. In looking care- 
fully over the field, it is plainly evident that 
this chut ch is gradually overcoming diffi. cul- 
ties that have greatly impeded her progress 
heretofore." 

— From an essay by Bro. S. J. Kester, of 
Centerview, Mo., we glean these thoughts: 
"When we set out a small fruit tree, we care- 
fully nurse and tend it, keeping away the 
grass and weeds, and if the bark gets bruis- 
ed, we try to heal it, and get it to grow up 
and bear fruit. Why can we not do the same 
with weak members in the church f If they 
step out of the way, bow tenderly we should 
bring them back, removing the thorns and 
briars from their pathway and assisting them 
in their journey heavenward. How much 
better to do this than to talk about their 
faults, and publish them to the world ! How 
muoh better to go to them and assist them 
kindly to get out of their troubles, and build 
them up in the most holy faith 1" 

—From Bro. B. A. Hadsell's letter, in re- 
gard to the Chicago Mission, we glean the 
following: The Sunday-school and prayer- 
meetings are regarded as the most effectual 
means of reaching the people. They have 
turned their attention in that direction. They 
have Sunday-school, of which Bro. H. is 
Superintendent, at 4 P. M , every Sunday, at 
708 West Lake Street. The brethren from 
Northern Illinois also preach at the same 
place every two weeks. Bro. R. Smith teach- 
es the Bible Class in the Sunday-school, and 
other members who attend have oharge of 
classes. They also have a union prayer- 



meeting every afternoon and evening, in 
which the Brethren take part. There are a 
number of people here, earnest workers, who 
are opposed to pride, vanity, church fairs 
and festivals. Having but little of this 
world's goods, they are crowded out of the 
fashionable churches, but feel at home with 
us. By a liberal use of the Gospel Messen- 
ger, tracts, weekly visiting in connection with 
our Sabbath-school and regular preaching, 
we hope before long to see many souls turn 
to Christ. We need the prayers of God's 
people. Here in this city of 600,000, only 
90,000 attend church, and of these only a 
part profess Christianity. With 4,000 saloons 
and other dens of vice to drag them down to 
perdition, what can be expected of the next 
generation? What a great work is here to 
do! There are only ten missions in the city, 
and these are placed in the roughest part, to 
compete with the saloons. The mission work 
is mostly done by men who have been taken 
out of the gutter and saved from strong 
drink. They are earnest and zealous. They 
go out on the streets and persuade their for- 
mer comrades to give up their lives of sin. — 
Recently a poor wanderer was picked up, 
and was made willing to give his heart to 
God. He searched the Scriptures daily, and 
was an attentive listener to the preaching of 
the Brethren. Dec. 27, he was baptized in 
Lake Michigan, by Bro. Geo. Studebaker. — 
We hope he will some day be a useful work- 
er in the fold of Christ. Several more say 
they are almost ready to unite with us. Min- 
isters passing through Chicago should not 
fail to stop and preach, and help on the mis- 
sion work. All of God's people should 
pray earnestly for the success of the mission 
work. 

COKRESPUNDENCE. 

" Write what thou eeest — and send it an to the churches." 

From North Webster, Ind. 



Please correot a few mistakes in G 
No. 49, in the obituary of sister Dye. 
died on the "8th" not on the '6th." 
name was "Evaline" not "Caroline." 
was a member "9" years not "2" years, 

Daniel Rothenberger. 



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From Uclall, Cowley Co., Kan. 



There are no brethren living in this part 
of Kansas. I am cut off from the church, 
and have to fight the battle alone, but I will 
try and live faithful by tbe help of God. 
Some folks here call me a Quaker, because I 
dress plain. The G M. is a great comfort to 
me. I see many good pieces that the dear 
brethren of Mt. Morris write. How much I 
wish I could meet with the brethren and sis- 
ters again. If we are on the Lord's side, our 
sweetest thoughts will be of him; we shall 
have no friendship with the world; all that 
we have and are will be consecrated to our 
God; we shall long to bear his image, breathe 
his Spirit, do his will, and please him in all 
things. While Christ's followers will realize 
their own weakness, they will ory earnestly 
to God for strength, that they may be work- 



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era together with him. Words and actions 
have a telling power, and the long hereafter 
will show the result of our lives here. May 
we profit by the past, be faithful at present, 
and pray God to be with us in the future. 
Mary E. McCutchen. 



From Centerview ,Mo. 



We have just closed a series of meetings. 
Bro. Garman, of Warrensburg, Mo., did the 
preaching, and, by the help of God, six were 
made willing to confess Christ, and were 
baptized, to walk, we trust, in a new life. 
One wanderer returned to the fold again, 
giving evidence to us that there are no last- 
ing pleasures outside the fold of Christ, only 
those that are vain, and will pass away, but 
the love of Christ is lasting; it gives us pleas- 
ure here, and endless pleasure in the world 
beyond. Then let us take courage, and be 
steadfast, ever abounding in the love of 
Christ. Amanda Whitmore. 

Jan. 6, 1880. 



From Bijou Hills Cliurch, Brule Co,, 
Dak. T'y. 



We, the brethren and sisters of Brule Co., 
Southern Dakota, met at the Klingerman 
school-house, three miles south of the town 
ot Kimball, Dec. 12, 1885, for the purpose of 
trying to effect a church organization. It be- 
ing the coldest morning we have had here 
this winter, not as many were present as 
there would have been, as the majority 
that were present, had nearly twenty miles 
to go. Despite the cold, there were a goodly 
number present. The meeting was opened 
by singing hymn No. 253; exhortation and 
prayer by the writer; reading seventeenth 
chapter of St. John, and appropriate remarks 
by Eld. J. A. Murray. The writer was chos- 
en secretary. The object of the meeting be- 
ing plainly stated by Bro. Murray, the unan- 
imous voice of those present was to perfect 
an organization that we might better advance 
the cause of Christ here upon- the frontier. 
There were quite a number of the Progress- 
ive Brethren present, who were very kind to 
all of us. The organization was finally com- 
pleted with sixteen members present, with a 
good, confidential feeling for the cause here. 
One dear sister, lately identified with the 
Progressive Brethren, came back and united 
with us, which made this little band rejoice. 
Hope others may do likewise. Bro. Jacob 
A. Murray, the senior elder, by request of the 
writer, has the oversight of the church. His 
address is Kimball, Brule Co , Dak. There 
are other members residing in this county, 
who were not present. The exact number is 
not definitely known at present. Bro. Mur- 
ray has regular meetings near Kimball every 
two weeks, while we, at Bijou Hillp, have 
regular meetings every Sabbath. By ballot 
the name of Bijou Hills was selected for our 
local church, that by this name we may be 
identified among the many church organiz i- 
tions of our blessed Brotherhood. 

In the future I may give a pen description 
of the noted Bijou Hills. The looal organi- 
zation was completed by electing Bro. Wm. 



Lichty clerk, and Bro. Charles Baltman 
treasurer. We decided to have quarterly 
church meetings, beginning the first Satur- 
day in May, 1886, at school-house No. 5, near 
the Hills. 

There are two ministers belonging to this 
church, and one deacon, with a good, working 
membership, and by the help of God we hope 
to do a little good in defense of the cause of 
Christ. Four accessions to the church al- 
ready, three by baptism and one reclaimed. 
We need ministerial help, and would be 
thankful to ministers desiring a good home, 
to come and see our country before locating 
elsewhere. 

Brethren and sisters, do remember us in 
your prayers, that the little vine planted here 
may grow and bear much fruit, to the glory 
and honor of our Heavenly Father. Weath- 
er very fine; mercury has not been down to 
zero, as indicated by the thermometer, this 
winter, here at the hills. God bless the 
Brotherhood. Pray for ns. Wm. G. Cook. 

Dec. 20, 1885. 



An Inquirer. 



The following letter, written to Bro. Har- 
ley, of Ephrata, Pa., was sent to us for pub- 
lication. It will explain itself: 

West Hickory, Forest Co., Pa. 
Bev. Samuel Harley, Dear Sir : — 

I saw an announcement of one of your 
love- feasts in my paper. Yours was my moth- 
er's religious faith, and I always wanted to 
become acquainted with the church. I write 
to ask if there is a church closer to this than 
yours that 1 can attend, and also if you have 
members in the church that are not Ger- 
mans. I think of uniting with the church 
when I know more about it. Please give me 
all the information you can. 

James Forney. 



Sudden Deaths. 



On the evening of the 26th, ult., Bro. Ja- 
cob Eeifi, of 317 Franklin street, Philadel- 
phia, sank down on the pavement; he was 
taken into a drug store near by, but he soon 
died. When the unwelcome news came to 
the ears of his wife, who had been an invalid 
some years, she was so frightened that she 
died of the shock in about fifteen minutes. 
Thus brother and sister Keiff took their de- 
parture nearly at the same time. His age 
was about seventy-six years, and that of his 
wife, Ellen, about sixty-five years. They were 
buried at Germantown. 

On the 23rd ult, Dr. Henry Geiger, aleo 

of Philadelphia, died. He, at one time, was 

a preacher among the Brethren, and is well 

known to Bro. Quinter, and others in the west. 

James Y. Heckler. 



From Mahoning Church, Ohio 



Our church is moving along in harmony and 
making progress in the divine life. DuriDg 
the first part of the year, we had two aeries 
of meetings, by brethren J .Metzger and Sam. 
Sprankle. The members of the church were 
revived, and good feeling prevailed. During 
the summer season three united with the 



church. At our communion meeting, Br'n. 
Kohler, Young, Mishler, and Clement labor- 
ed for us. Had a pleasant season of refresh- 
ment. Two were received by baptism. On 
the 16th of Dec, Eld. Jesse Calvert came to 
the Bethel house, and continued the meet- 
ings till the 22nd. Two were baptized on 
Sunday, the 20th, and nine more were willing 
to put on Christ by baptism on Tuesday, the 
22nd. Just at the time the good work was 
commenced, Bro. Calvert had to leave. 

Bro. Calvert labors with energy and zeal, 
and has the good of souls at heart. In ad- 
dition to the above, he makes it a point to 
have the attention of all his congregation, and 
he will allow no whispering or loud noise 
during services. 

May the Lord bless every effort put forth 
to do good, and may the tender lambs that 
have recently given their hearts to Christ, 
honor the profession they have made, "desire 
the sincere milk of the Word, that they may 
grow in grace and in the knowledge of God 
their Savior." Jacob H. Kurtz. 



From liarkin's Factory, Va. 



To-day finds me quietly and comfortably 
at our old home, surrounded by many that 
are near and dear to us. And while we try 
to look back over the past, we find many who 
labored with us are now sleeping in the nar- 
row limits of the grave, to which we are all 
hastening. 

We left Lanark, 111., Dec. 1, and spent one 
day with kind friends and brethren in the 
great city of Chicago. We wended our way 
by the limited express to Washington City. 
I would just say that after we got off, I felt 
like paying more and not riding quite so fast. 
After leaving Washington, our first stop was 
at Midland station, on the V. M. K. E. Here 
is the home of brother and Bister Hedricks, 
which place we call headquarters. Here 
also is the home of brother and sister Joel 
Garber, and quite a number of brethren from 
the valley, who settled at this point about 
four years ago. They have here a large new 
church, and have about one hundred mem- 
bers, and four preachers. Eld. Isaac Long 
has the oversight. During the summer they 
have a flourishing Sanday-school, and if ever 
you should be lucky enough to spend a few 
days in eastern Virginia, stop at Midland, 
and you will find a hearty welcome, and 
members alive to the work of our blessed 
Master. 

The church here in Madison Co., belongs 
to the Mill Creek congregation, Eockinghem 
Co., and has the same oversight as the Mid- 
land church. Brother Hedrick and brother 
Weimer do most all the preaching. They 
have promised preaching here every four 
weeks, during the next year. These brethren 
have forty miles to come, and many times 
come on horseback, through rain and mud. 
Brethren, remember our dear brethren who 
labor here. The church here has thirteen 
members, with one deacon. They seem to 
work faithfully for the Master, though sur- 
rounded by many temptations. 

Here is where the Cherry Grove Sunday- 






THE GOSPEL MESSENGEK. 



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sohool sent a donation to cheer the hearts of 
two aged pilgrims, helping to keep them warm 
during the winter. Dear children, you have 
the prayers of the old brother and sister who 
received your gifts of charity. Prepare to 
meet them in the sweet by and by. We will 
remain here a few weeks, and then go to the 
valley home of our dear Eld. Isaac Long, at 
which place I will drop you a few items by 
the way. Jas. H. Larkins. 

Dec. 18, 1885. 



A Report. 



The Committee, appointed by the Middle 
District of Pa., to assist the brethren in Al- 
toona in their business, found it necessary to 
meet with them in council, and accordingly a 
council was called on Dec. 21. One of the 
committee not being present, the church 
unanimously accepted Bro. Jacob Miller in 
his place for that time. After disposing of 
some matters which demanded attention, Bro. 
J. W. Wilt read a report of the business in 
his hands, which relates to the "outside debt" 
i. e., the debt outside of the borrowed money. 
The report was quite satisfactory, and showed 
the debt reduced to one hundred and forty- 
two dollars and some cents. At the close of 
the report, a sealed letter was handed in, 
which upon opening was found to be from 
the "Sister's Sewing Society," containing 
830 00, and reduced the debt to $112 00. 
This was quite a surprise, and had a very 
happy effect upon the meeting. The Com- 
mittee commended the sisters for their good 
work, and the meeting closed pleasantly. 

J. A. Sell. 



Notes By the Way. 



Left home Nov. 17, 1885. Stopped at 
Wadesville; was met by Bro. I. N. Kimmel; 
went to his home, and met I. S. Royer and 
Bro. W. Franklin, who was laboring there a 
few days before. Met in the Methodist 
church in the evening, and tried to talk to 
those that met with us. We next went to the 
Eippen school-house. There we labored, 
Bro. Franklin and myself, until the 22nd. 
Closed with a good interest. This was in 
in Clark Co., Va., where we have a few isolat- 
ed members, and we have seen to their hav- 
ing meetings once a month. Left for Balti- 
more, spent one day there with friends, in 
waiting for a boat to take me to Denton, east- 
ern shore of Md., Caroline Co. Met with 
Brethren from day today, until the 30th, then 
went to see Bro. Caleb Secrist, one of the 
ministering brethren who moved here from 
Kansas. We tried to encourage him in the 
work before him. Then went to brother Jo- 
Beph Wingert, who has charge of the Peach 
Blossom congregation, and Bro. Conrad Im- 
ler, of Ridgely church .The country is smooth, 
Bandy loam, and reasonable in price, well 
adapted for peaches. Would advise any one to 
go and see for themselves. From there went 
to Baltimore, and met at Waverly, in the 
ball, brethren Jacob Shambarger, Aldinger, 
and J aoob Hedrick, and held three meetings. 
There is a large field to labor is, in Balti- 



more The Brethren at one time had a 
church-house and lot in the centre of town, 
which was partly lost to them by not having 
been kept up according to city laws and rules, 
and not having the trustees appointed and 
kept in regular succession. I learn that the 
lot was sold for 154,000, which would have 
built several churches for them; but that is 
past. The future is, they need a place of 
their own in which to worship. Hope the 
time is not far in the future, when they can 
worship in their own house. Here is the 
place to distribute tracts, and with a little 
means do much to open the eyes of the blind 
and the ears of the deaf, to see, hear, and ac- 
cept the Word as taught by the Savior. Now, 
Brethren, let us all look back and see what 
we have done, and what we might have done, 
with the means and ability that God has 
blessed us with, eternity will only reveal. 

My prayer is that we do all the good we 
can, and pray for each other, and in the end 
meet at home. S. H. Myers. 



Donations for the Poor. 

The following amounts have been received 
at this office up to Jan. 13, 1886, in response 
to the "Appeal for the Poor:" 

D. D. Horner, Pa $1 50 

May A. Hoofstetler, Pa 40 

Amos Hoover, Ind 50 

M. G., Ill 50 

J. D. Wilkison, 111 1 00 

Amos Wolfe, O 1 00 

Sarah Mericle, la 40 

Mary Charles, Pa 50 

Susan E. Shellenberger, Pa 50 

W. H. Gift, 111 75 

W. A. Maust, Minn 5 00 

Sarah M. Langdon, Pa 1 40 

Sarepta Stonebarger, Ind 75 

James Kurtz, Pa 50 

Henry Hutton, la 1 00 

H. W. Kraft, 111 50 

Noah Smith, O 2 50 

Clara Alstaat, O 10 

May Horner, 111 25 

M. P. Lichty, 111 50 

John Bowers, Pa 30 

Julian Ulery, 50 

Jesse Markey, 50 

Josephine Heiny, Ind 50 

Isaac Shively, Kan 30 

Dr. and Mrs. A. Dancanson, 111 1 00 

Tract Fund. 

The following amounts have been received 
at this office up to Jan. 13 for Tract Fund. 
Fanny Fogle, Ind S 50 

E. L. Robinson 40 

Sarepta Stonebarger, Ind 50 

Sister S. E. Kepner -'00 

■ ♦ . 

Our Visit to Michigan. 

Nov. 24, Eld. T. Kreider and self went on a 
visit to some of the churohes in Miohigan. — 
We held the first meeting in the house south 
of Campbell. From here we went ten miles 
north-west and continued meetings until Dec, 
10, when the church held a council-meet- 
ing. Had good meetings, but owing to 



cold, stormy weather, the attendance was not 
large. Returned again to place of first meet- 
ing, and continued the meetings a week, with 
increasing interest. Here the prospects are 
favorable for building up a large church. — 
Nearly all the members' children are consis- 
tent members of the church. The church is 
governed in harmony with the decisions of 
the general Brotherhood, and this brings 
success. 

Some have their trials, but God will hear 
their prayers and make the sun of righteous- 
ness to shine in the darkness of midnight. — 
From here went to the Woodland church, 
where we met an interesting congregation. 
Bro. Kreider left for home on the 21st, and I 
continued the meetings until the 25th. The 
attendance was good and the order excellent. 
The meetings closed with quite an interest. 
Bro. Isaac Miller is the elder; he is 75 years 
old and is getting feeble, but was able to at- 
tend most of the meetings. While in the 
church we united John Wissard and Adella 
England in the bonds of matrimony. Adella 
is the daughter of Bro. and sister England, 
formerly of Ohio. 

Leaving the dear members, with whom we 
loved to labor, we met mith the members in 
the Sunfield church. Held three meetings. 
Bro. Frifogle is the only minister in this 
church, and he earnestly requests minister- 
ing brethren to visit them, and those think- 
ing of moving to Michigan are requested to 
come and see the country. 

Left for home on the 28th and found all 
well. May the Lord bless all for the kind- 
ness, and if we meet no more on earth, may 
we meet in heaven! Silas Gilbert. 



From Los Angeles, Cal. 



Last Saturday at the home of Bro. Tobias 
Cripe, of this city, we had a council-meeting. 
A number of the dear brethren and sisters 
were in attendance. Bro. Isaac Boyer, son of 
Eld. Allen Boyer, of 111., was taken into the 
number of the faithful here in this part of 
God's moral vineyard. There was mutual 
rejoicing on the part of the church and the 
dear brother received. The good cause of 
building up a congregation of the Brethren, 
here in southern California, still goes on with 
good prospects. Bro. Howser and family, 
from Stockton, California, has lately moved 
to this county; he has bought north of Los 
Covena. There are others who contemplate 
coming yet this winter. Since our eight days' 
rain in November, everything is looking 
lovely; all nature is clothed in a beautiful 
green; fiowers abound in great profusion; or- 
ange groves laden with a heavy crop of gold- 
en fruit, and the trees in full bloom, shedding 
forth a most delightful fragrance, make up 
some of the peculiarities of this climate in 
the winter time. The weather is fine and 
fair, day after day. No killing frosts yet 
The nights are cool, but the days are warm 
and pleasant. 

Having secured a hall hore, meetings will 
be held, once a mouth iu Los Angeles. 

J, 8, Floby, 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Id Memoriam. 



Sister Catharine Wine who departed this 
life, Dec. 11, 1885, was the wife of our esteem- 
ed brother and co-laborer, Geo. W. Wine, 
who loses, in the death of his companion, a 
helpmeet indeed in his ministerial labors. 
She was disposed to always encourage and 
never discourage her husband when called 
from home to labor in the Master's cause. 
If all ministers' wives could have this noble 
tribute paid them, it would be better for alJ 
concerned. She was very attentive to the sick 
and afflicted as well as the poor and needy, 
living to benefit others as well as herself. 

Her children received a due portion of 
care and training, and as a result of the same, 
all joined the church young, and live in re- 
spect to her counsels and the Law of God, 
and will no doubt "rise up and call her bless- 
ed." She endeavored to walk in the light, 
and died in faith. 

To our dear, bereaved brother and family we 
tender our sympathies and prayers. May all 
who associated with her, realize the benefits of 
such a life as hers, and all of us strive to en- 
ter in at the strait gate. S. F. Sanger. 



From Arnold's Grove, 111. 



Pubsuant to previous notice, we commenc- 
ed a series of meetings in the above-named 
congregation, on the evening of the 12th of 
December, and believing that the neighbor- 
ing ministerial brethren would respond 
without a special notice to any one; our de- 
sire was fully gratified, for we rejoiced to 
learn that the Lord was sending Bro. Simon 
E. Yundt, of the Naperville church, to us. 
He had no knowledge of the appointments 
made. He preached the first evening in Mt. 
Carroll, where we also have a house of wor- 
ship. We then took him to the Grove, at 
which point the meetings in the main were 
to be held, where he preached until the fol- 
lowing Tuesday eve. After that the sword was 
taken up and faithfully wielded by Bro. Ja- 
cob Delp, of Yellow Creek, and further on 
in the week we were made to rejoioe still 
more by the sudden appearance of Bro. 
Frank McCune, of Dallas Co., Iowa, in our 
midst, who preached two sermons, and on the 
following Sunday evening Bro. Sprogle also 
came, full of the Spirit, to help in the good 
work. After the above-named brethren 
had gone to work in other parts of the vine- 
yard, Bro. David Eby, of Yellow Creek, came 
fresh and armed for the rescue of perishing 
souls, and preached two sermons. We clos- 
ed the meetings the evening of the 23rd, 
with an appointment for service on Christ- 
mas day, when our heart rejoiced to hear that 
one precious soul had made the good choice. 
The same day she was united to the church 
by holy baptism, and became one of the flock 
for whom Jesus died. All of our dear breth- 
ren who came to us preached the word with 
power, and great grace seemed to abide with 
all. 

I think that many more were made to think 
very seriounly upon their ways, and I know 
that those already in the fold were muoh en- 



couraged and built up in the faith. May 
the Lord bless the labors of the faithful 
every-where, to the conversion of souls, and 
the strengthening of the borders of Zion. 
Mt. Carroll, III. J. J. Emmebt.Q 



From Hagerstown, Md. 



I am a reader of your invaluable paper, the 
Messenger, which I receive each week, and 
which brings information of the Brotherhood 
in general. I have been keeping account of 
the accessions to the church, which in the 
last year amounted to 3037 baptized, and 144 
reclaimed, and there were many in our ad- 
joining congregations, as well as in others, 
that were never reported. Now, while so 
many have turned their feet to the testimony 
of the Lord, I think it should be an im- 
portant duty of ours, who are older in the ser- 
vice of our Master, that we watch over, and 
concentrate our prayers in their behalf that 
they may walk blameless and adorn their 
profession by a chaste walk and conversation. 
We learn the children of Israel went out with 
a high hand, but in their journey, they met 
with temptations, and all fell but two. So 
let us give our prayers, watching over them 
that they be not overtaken by the way and 
fall. Oar love-feast in the Beaver Creek 
congregation was held the 17th and 18th of 
October, at which time an election for two 
deacons was held which resulted in the elec- 
tion of Wilfred Rice and John Rowe, both 
young brethren of promise. May the Lord 
help them to discharge their important 
duties, is our prayer. Wm. A. Anthony. 



From Muscatine, Iowa. 



We believe we are all interested in one 
another's welfare and are glad to hear when 
love and union prevail in our beloved Broth- 
erhood. We can say of this little band of 
our Father's children, here in Muscatine and 
Cedar counties, Iowa, that it was plainly 
manifested at our love-feast which is among 
the things of the past. It occurred Sept. 
26 th and 27th. We were made glad to see 
all our brethren and sisters feel worthy to be 
seated around the tables and once more par- 
take of the emblems of Christ's broken body 
and his shed blood. God be praised for the 
new life and zeal it creates within us when 
we are permitted to be present. It give us 
new life and courage, hence cannot refrain 
from writing, so others can rejoice with us. 
As previously stated, our beloved brother, 
H. R. Taylor, from Deep River, came to us 
on the 18th of Nov. and stayed till the 22nd. 
He preached the Word with power and good 
acceptance, which was expressed by some out- 
side of the fold of God. We, as a few isolat- 
ed members, at Foster's school-house, were 
built up in the most holy faitb, and others 
were made almost willing to put on Christ, 
but, like Felix, they put it off to a more con- 
venient time. God bless our brother for his 
labor of love while among us. Come again, 
Bro. Taylor, we need the encouraging words 
that fell from your lips. We are looking for- 
ward to the time when those unpleasant fare- 



wells will have an end. Bro. Taylor left an 
appointment for Jan. 9th and 10th, 1886. 
George Nicholas. 
Nov. 23rd, 1885. 



From Cedar Grove Church, Tenn. 



We are always glad to hear from the 
churches and of the good work going on. 
There is nothing, or should be, more encour- 
aging than to hear of the children of the 
Lord, and that love rules in their hearts; 
and that through their labor of love souls are 
converted unto the Lord. 

We have enjoyed a refreshing season from 
the presence of the Lord. The church 
thought it would be good to have some meet- 
ings; we commenced the 13th and continued 
till the 21st. Met day and night, and the re- 
sult of our effort was, four young and tender 
lambs added to the fold. They were all in 
their teens. May we all pray that they may 
all be faithful till death. Our meeting was 
conducted by our home ministers, so we re- 
alize the fact, if the church, with the minis- 
try, all work, God will bless their labor. We 
do pray earnestly that every member will 
work faithfully in love for Zion, and for the 
salvation of poor souls, which are worth so 
much more than all else of this world's 
goods. Samuel Molsbee. 

Dec. 24, 1885. 



From Bijou Hills, Brule Co., Dak. T'y. 



The cause of our Master is beginning to 
take root in the hearts of the people out here 
on the frontier. As an immediate result of our 
labors here, we were made to rejoice to initi- 
ate, by the solemn ordinance of baptism, on 
the 6th inst., three precious souls, and many 
have said they would not remain out of the 
church long. As yet we have not effected an 
organization, but have decided to call the 
members together the 12th inst, to consider 
the propriety of so doing. I pray when we 
assemble we may be of one mind for the ad- 
vancement of our Master's cause. 

Eld. J. A. Murray lives in Kimball, in the 
north-eastern part of the county, while I live 
in the south-western part, leaving us a dis- 
tance apart of twenty miles. How many 
members there are in this county, I cannot 
definitely say, but will report in the future. 
Oar people are of all persuasions and nation- 
alities. The doctrino as taught by our Sa- 
vior and praoticed by our church, is some- 
thing new here. We began the work here 
with many discouragements. By the grace 
of God, our season of rejoicing is coming tons. 

We have a fine country. It borders on the 
Missouri River, while on the opposite banks 
lies the great Sioux Reservation, which will 
probably soon come into the market for set- 
tlement. We have one railroad, with two 
more nearing the county. We have three 
railroad towns doing a good trade. Every 
township, I believe, has at least four school- 
houses. Oars has five, with four months' 
sohool. School is now in session. There 
are no Government lands in this county, but 
claims may be purchased quite reasonable. 






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47 



ntil the past few days, the plow has been 
rpt busy, preparing for a large acreage of 
•reals in the spring. All cereals, vegeta- 
es, etc,, dowell here. The climate is healthy 
id the future outlook is promising to 
e settler, and brethren and sisters can get 
leap homes in the North-west. We pray, re- 
ember the little band striving to plant and 
tariah the good work for whioh our Savior 
iffered and died. Gome and help! A good 
id faithful minister could do much good by 
boring here. Come and help the Lord's 
use! 

Truly, I have been made to feel the neces- 
:y of assistance since I came to the West, and 
think old and strong ohurohes, having many 
pernumerary ministers, should encourage 
ligration and that the Word maybe preaoh- 
, ministers should be encouraged to go. 
How many ministers there are who could 
i spared, and how much good could be done 
r their going, God only knows, and Etern- 
r only will reveal. God bless the mission 
the dear Messenger. Will try to obtain 
few subscribers if I can. 

May the dews of Heaven fall on the Church, 
using her to bloom, and may the fragrance 
scented the world over, to the joy of many 
uls — finding peaoe and rest in her em- 
aces. Brethren and Sisters, pray for us! 
jd bless you all! Wm. G. Cook. 

December 7, 1885. 



From Longmont, Colorado. 



According to previous arraingements, Bro. 
•hn Forney, of Kansas, came to us on the 
!th and preached each evening until the 
ening of the 20th, when we closed at our 
urch, and went home, ten miles north, to 
•Id a few meetings. Bro. Forney is one of 
ose preachers who do not put on gloves 
handle the gospel but preach the truth, 
i it hit where it may. The visible fruits, 
far, is one reclaimed and the members built 
» and, we trust, impressions may be made 
at will not be forgotten, and may the Lord 
Ip them to carry them into effect. We 
iVQ had one of the finest falls I ever saw. 
e have scarcely any cold weather at all ,only 
few days, and now the weather is fine and 
irm again. Health generally good. 

G. W. Fesler. 



From Ephrata, Pa. 



We had the pleasure of attending a series 
meetings in We.st C onestoga district, con- 
icted by Bro. J M Mohler, in Middle 
reek meetinghouse. The Word waspreach- 
with force by Bro. M»hler for two weeks 
d with happy results— as thirty-one souls 
me out on the L >rd's side. Fifteen of 
ese were bipHz^d on the first day of Christ- 
as at SpringviU->, near Ephrata, where 
ere is a beautiful spring of ruuniug water, 
a place designed by God, as it were, for a 
oond Siloam, near Jerusalem. The water 
is surrounded by about a thousand people, 
•wever the order was good ; almost every 
ie feeling that it was the work of the good 



Master, our Savior. May God bless them, 
bo that they may enjoy the blessing of ever- 
lasting inheritance. May the grace of God 
rest upon Bro. Mohler. J. B. Keller. 

Deo. 26, 1885. 



Money Report. 



Please announce that the following 
ohurohes have paid their assessments to pay 
balance due for expenses of last A. M. : 

Woodbury $23 00 

Back Creek 13 00 

Upper Cumberland 11 50 

Yellow Creek 18 00 

Lower Cumberland 18 00 

Falling Spring 7 50 

Hopewell 12 00 

Clover Creek 20 00 

Codorus , 13 00 

Upper Codorus 12 00 

I think the others will respond soon, and 
have all paid up before New Year. 

A. Spanogle. 
Lewistown, Pa., Deo. 10, 1885. 



From Moline, Elk Co., Kan. 



Nine of us from the Grenola church at- 
tended the feast in Wilson Co. The Breth- 
ren there have built a commodious house of 
worship in the town of Fredonia. The com- 
munion was the first meeting held in their 
new house. In their social meeting, on Sun- 
day morning, one dear brother, who has la- 
bored faithfully in the cause in Southern 
Kansas, remarked that he had been working 
and praying for fifteen years, and that now 
he could see his prayers fully answered — 
that they now had a house of their own in 
which they could worship. His remarks 
touched a tender cord in quite a number, as 
could be seen by the tears that flowed freely, 
while he was talking. One thing that made 
it more impressive was, that this brother 
had been under the hand of affliction for a 
long time. 

The communion services were attended 
with the best of order. Ministers present 
were John Murray, J. C. Ulery, of Elk Co., 
a Bro. Roberts, from Ohio, besides their 
home speakers. As the writer has spent 
most of his life time in different parts of 
Kansas, he has this to say for Wilson county, 
east and north of Fredonia they have a fine 
country, and raw land, and some improved 
farms are offered at a reasonable figure, etc. 
We expect Eld. G. W. Studebaker, from Fre- 
donia, Deo. 10, to oommence a series of meet- 
ings here with us. May sinners be warned 
and converted to God, is my prayer. 

John A. Studebaker. 
Nov. 29, 1885. 



Church News. 



On Deo. 11, I started to hold a few meet- 
ings among the members in Audubon and 
Carroll counties, Iowa. At Viola Center I 
held seven meetings with growing interest. — 
At Dedbam, the Seventh Day Adventists, by 
blending and confounding the law and gos- 



pel, had confused and perplexed many, who 
seemed glad and muoh relieved and rejoiced 
when shown the diff-irence and the great su- 
periority of the gospel over the law. When 
parting, we were earnestly entreated to come 
again. 

The serious illness of sister Tilly Myers 
(wife of Bro. Jos. L. Myers), brought Bro. 
D. Deardorff and wife, of Franklin Grove, 
111., here. While here, Bro. D. dealt out the 
Word with telling force which caused saints 
to rejoice and sinners to consider. Brethren 
Isaac Thomas, of Ames, and Noah Flora, of 
Dallas Center, also visited and preached 
among the Brethren here, and your poor un- 
worthy brother missed a feast of good things 
while trying to carry the glad tidings to the 
isolated ones on the outskirts, but, glorious 
promise, "a hundredfold in this life, and in 
the world to come eternal life." Just as I re- 
turned I found the brethren ready to return 
to their homes. Sister Myers* health is im- 
proving slowly. Bear her up at a throne of 
grace. She is the younger sister of the Tros- 
tle ministers. J. D. Haughtelin. 



Good News. 



The good work is still going on in the Mas- 
sissinewa church, Ind. Ten have been receiv- 
ed since our last report. On Saturday, Deo. 
26, brother Samuel Younce went to a place 
about three miles west of Hartford City, Ind. 
and preached in the evening; the next day 
brother G. Karns and the writer went to the 
plaoe of meeting, brother Younce ooming 
home to attend a funeral. The writer ad- 
dressed the people on Sunday. After meet- 
ing, we went to the water's edge, "where pray- 
er was wont to be made," and inducted one 
into the kingdom. On account of the sick- 
ness of my wife, I had to go home in the ev- 
ening. Brother Karns stayed with the breth- 
ren until Wednesday, when brother Younce 
and the writer returned. The immediate re- 
sult, as we have given above, was ten souls 
led into the liquid stream, and buried with 
Christ in baptism, — one old man and com- 
panion, the former eighty and the latter six- 
ty, being of the number. May the Lord ena- 
ble them all to prove faithful, and at last 
gain a home in heaven, is the prayer of an 
unworthy servant in Christ. 

May the Lord bless you, brethren, to still 
continue to send us a Gospel Messenger. 
Geo. L. Studebaker. 

Shideler, Ind. 



From Sidney, Neb. 



On the 26th of Dec , Bro. John E Young, 
of Beatrice, came to visit us, and look at this 
country. He was so well pleased with the 
general appearance and rapid development 
■if our country, and the prospects of estab- 
lishing a church of the Brethren here, that 
he has secured a homestead, and has con- 
cluded to pitch his tent among us in the near 
future. He preached for us on Sunday, the 
27th, in the M E ohurcb, to an appreciative 
oeople. On Monday following, he started 
for his present home. W. C Teeter. 



4:8 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



FALLEN ASLEEP. 

LEWIS. — In the Winona congregation, 
Winona Co., Minn., Dec. 23, 1885, 
Lawrence William, sonol'Bro. William 
and sister Rosa Lewis, aged 4 years, 9 
months and 18 days. 
The lad died very suddenly. Exami- 
nation was made, and a large one and 
one-half inch screw was found in the up- 
per part of the wind-pipe, with the point 
downward. Lawrence was a good little 
boy, and the thought that he had to yield 
up his life in the way he did, is a sad 
one, especially to the bereaved family, 
who, we trust, sorrow not as they that 
have no hope. Funeral services by the 
brethren, from 1 Thess. 4: 14-18. 

J. H. Wirt. 

W1NGARD.— In the Tuscarawas church, 
Stark Co., Ohio, Dec. 11, of consump- 
tion, sister Alice Wingard, daughter 
of Bro. and sister John Wingard, aged 
18 yeais, 5 months and 1 day. Funer- 
al aervices improved by brethren J. K. 
L. Swigart and Noah Longanecker, 
from Isa. 3: 10. Reuben Shroyeh. 

FLORA.-Oct. 12, 1885, Bro. Daniel Flo- 
ra, son of Eld. Henry Flora, deceased, 
aged 36 years, 4 months and 7 days. — 
He leaves a wife, 3 children and many 
friends to mourn their great loss, which 
is his gain. Claka Flora. 

JUSTICE. — In the Tuscarawas church, 
Stark Co., Ohio, Dec. 8, 1885, sister Sa- 
rah Ellen Justice, daughter of Bro. and 
sister John Justice, aged 25 years, 4 
months and 5 days. 
She was boin Aug, 3, 1860, and suf- 
fered greatly the last three years, but bore 
it all with great patience, without a single 
murmur or complaint. Truly, the church 
has lost a pious and devoted sister, and 
the family a worthy member, but we 
mourn not as those who have no hope, be- 
lieving our loss is her eternal gain. Fu- 
neral occasion improved by the writer, 
from 1 Cor. 15:22. Reuben Shroyer. 
GLEASON— In the Beaver Creek church, 
Dtica, Neb., by swallowing a grain of 
corn, William Arthur, little son of Al- 
bert and Annie Gleason, aged 2 years 
and 7 days. Funeral discourse from 2 
Bam. 12:28. A. E. Snowbbrger. 
SWANK. — In the Dallas Center church, 
I) c. 5, 1885, Allen Alonzo Zwank, ag- 
ed 20 years, 8 months and 16 days. Fu- 
neral services by the writer. 

Noah Flora. 

III! 1 IDE'S. —Near Broadway, Rocking- 
ham Co., Va., Oct. 23, 1885, Elmer B. 
Rhodes, ageu 29 years and 5 months. 
He leaves a wife and one child to 
mourn their loss, but we have reason to 
1 (.-In ve their lo.-.s is his eternal gain He 
was a memljer of the Brethren church.— 
Although our acquaintance with him was 
short, we learned to know he looked for- 
ward to heaven as his home, and the pres- 
ence ot his Master as his gloiious portion. 
Hewaa much afflicted, yt we have no 
doubt he experienced tta goodness of a 
kind Heavenly Father, who sustained and 
kept him through all Ins trials. 

Sai.i.ik.I Rkidv. 

M0E1LER. — In the Stone Lick church, 
Clermont Co., Ohio, Oct. 15, U 
paralalia, .-i-ter Nancy Mohler, wife of 
Bro. John Mohler, aged M years, 11 
mouth.* and 15 da 
She Church in l v 

lived a loving member uniii her death re* 
from aU p*in. (l| »' u»ter died 

in lull hope oi'ableseed imuioriulity be* 

ynjid tho grave, Fnri'v l to fl 



large congregation of mourning friends 
and neighbors by the writer. 

James Pbingle. 
REPLOGLE. — In the Manor congrega- 
tion. Indiana Co., Pa., May 3, '85, sister 
Elizabeth Replogle, aged 74 years, 11 
months and 7 days. Funeral services 
by Eld. Mark Minser. 
REPLOGLE.— At same place Dec. 23, 
Bro. Jacob Replogle, aged 79 years, 3 
months and 21 day?. Funeral discourse 
froinHeb. 13:14. 
These two faithful members found 
their fortunes together in eat ly life, and 
sailed together over the tide of time for 
consid rably over half a century, reflecting 
the true Christian character in their firm 
faith, true devotion and untiring hospital- 
ity, which it was the privilege of many 
visitors to the Manor church to enjoy fiom 
time to tints. They are gone to their re- 
ward; we sorrow, but not without hope. 
Joseph Holsoitly. 
OBER. — In the Manor congregation, In- 
diana Co., Pa.* Sept. 15, 1885, of can- 
cer in the breast, sister Elizabeth, con- 
sort of Bro. Joseph Ober, aged 47 years, 
1 month and 19 days. Funeral occasion 
improved, from Rev. 14: 13, by G. S. 
Rairigh and the writer. 

Maek Minser. 

LENTZ. — In the bounds of the Liberty- 
ville church, Sept. 22, 1885, little son of 
Peter F. and Anna Lentz, aged 2 years 
and 6 months. Funeral services by 
Daniel Holder, from the words, "Suffer 
little children to come unto me and for- 
bid them not." D. Holder. 
LEHNHERR— At Myrtle Point, Oregon, 
Sept. 20, 1885, Harras F. Lehnherr, in- 
fant son of friend J. A., and Lizzie Lehn- 
herr, aged 3 months and 1 day. Fun- 
eral services conducted by Bro. John 
Bonewitz. Thomas Babkloav- 
RODABAUGH— At Norway, Oregon, 
Dec. 13, 1885, Albert S. Rodabaugh, son 
of John Rodabaugh, aged 22 years, 10 
months and 24 days. He was born in 
Darke Co., Ohio, Jan. 24, 1863. 

Thomas Barklow. 
BEEGHLY.— Nov. 17, 1885, sister Nancy 
Beeghly, wife of Hro. Jacob Beeghly, 
aged 65 years, 7 months and 14 days. 
She was anointed and died full of 
comfort. Her aged husband is left alone 
leaning upon his staff, and will doubtless 
ere long be called to join his loved com- 
panion on the other shore. Funeral by 
the writer, from 2 Cor. 5: 1. 

Solomon Huckalew. 
ZOOK.— In Pleasant Grove church, Doug- 
lass Co , Kan., Ira J. Zook, son of Bro. 
Wm. and Lizzie Zook, aged 7 months 
aud 6 days. Funeral discourse by Bro. 
Thos. G. Winey and the writer. 

S. B. Katherman. 
SMITH.— In New Carlisle, Clark Co., , 
Nov. 24, Bro. Peter Smith, aged 78 
years, 11 months and 10 days. 
He came, with his parents, to this 
county, from Virginia, when one year old 
and remained here till he died. He join 
ed the Brethren Church in his young 
days. Notably exemplary was his life. 
He never gave the church any trouble, but 
always labored for peace and union. The 
church has lost a dear brother, the family 
a kind and affectionate husband and Fa- 
ther. Be leaves a widow and nine chil- 
dren and D number of grandchildren to 
mourn his lc-s. The funeial was preach- 
ed by the home ministry, brethren Kautl- 
man, Frantz and Leatherman, to an at- 
lience ol relatives and ivmpa* 
I 2 Tim. 4:0, 7, 8. 
A. F. Ztkolkr, 



GOUSER —In the Lick Creek congrega- 
tion, Owen Co., Ind., Nov 26, 1885, 
Hro Jacob Gouser, aged 46 years and 
28 days. 
Brother Gouser, about twelve or four- 
teen months before his death, was hurt in 
a coal bank, f i om which he was taken 
home to bis family where he was confined 
to his house, and most of the time to his 
bed, till he died. Aided by his wifr (a 
sister), his children and kind friends, he 
bore his sufferings patiently. He leaves 
a wife and seven children and many friends 
to mourn for one that was near to them. 
Funeral services by the wiiter and R. R. 
Goshorn frcm Heb. 9: 26 to 28. 

C. Hensel. 

McDOWELL —Jan. 6, of inflammation 
of the brain, Sarah C. McDowell, 
daughter of N. and M. Burkitt. She 
was baptized in the winter of 1870, but 
went with the Progressive clement 
and remained. Funeral services by Eld. 
Blair, Presbyterian, from Heb. 9: 27. 
Nicholas' Burkitt. 

WALES.— In Waddam's Grove church, 
111 , Jan. 1, Martin Wales, son of Bro. 
Thomas and Mahala Wales, aged 12 
years, 1 month and 8 days. Funeral 
occasion improved by the brethren. 
A. H. Lutz. 

KELSO.— In the North Beatrice church, 
Gage Co., Neb., Dec. 6, sister Eliza A. 
Kelso, wife of Bro. Jacob Kelso, aged 
60 years and 4 days. 
She was a sufferer from paralysis for 
a long time, and prayed earnestly that the 
time of her departure might come. She 
selected the noble words of Paul to Tim- 
othy (2 Tim. 4: 6-8) for the funeral occa- 
sion. J- E. Young. 

SHENEFELT.— In the Dry Fork church, 
Jasper Co., Mo., Dec. 4, sister Catha- 
rine Shenefelt, aged 52 years, 5 months 
and 20 days. 
She was a daughter of Eld . Michael 
Bollinger, deceased, of Cherry Grove, 111. 
She was beloved by all who knew her.— 
The funeral was largely attended; occa- 
sion improved by Bro. Wm. Harvey and 
the writer, from 2 Tim. 4: 6-8. 

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TIME TABLE. 

On Monday, June 5th. 1885, the following 
sohedule went into effect on the PenneylTania 
Railroad: T]mN8 WEBTWA RD. 

Leare Huntingdon. Arriye Pittsbgh. 

Pacific Express, 6 25 P. M 1 85 P. M. 

Mail 2 HP.M 8 54 A.M. 

Fast Line !30P.M U 55 P. M. 

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12: 50 P. M . Harrisburg. 8: 20 P. M., and ar- 
rives at Philadelphia at 6: 60 P. M. 

Philadelphia Express east, leases (except 
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9: 20 P. M, Huntingdon, 10: 80 P. M.. Harna- 
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Monday ;§ Daily except Saturday. 

t&- Pullman Palace Sleeping and Hotel 
Cars through between Chicago and New York 
and Day Coaches between Chicago and Pitta- 
burgh without change. E. A. FORD, 
Wm. A. Baldwin, Gen'l Paas.Agt 
Manager. 

PITTSBURGH. 

Plain Cloaks. 



AS thore is a great demand from sisters and 
others for tight fitting, plain Cloaks or 
Ulsterp, 1 have arranged to supply that de- 
mand at prices from $2.00 to $6. 00 less than 
they can be bought anywhere else. 1 sell thorn 
on the samn terms as tho Brethren's Plain 
Clothing and Hats. For Measuring Blanks 
Mrosa B. A. HAD8ELL, 
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The Gospel Messenger. 



"Set for the Defense of the Gospel." 



Entered at the Poet-OQiceat Jit. Morris. III. 
as Second Class Matter. 



Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Jan. 26, 1886. No. 4 



Vol. 24, Old Series. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



H. B. BKUMBAUGH, Editob, 

And Business Manager of the Eastern House, Box 60, 

Huntingdon, Fa. 



The James Creek, Pa., Brethren commenced a 
series of meetings at the James Creek church, on 
Saturday evening, Jan. 15. Bro. S. A. Moore will 
do the preaching. Hope to he able to attend some 
before it closes. 



LAST week we had a beautiful nine-inch snow, 
but it was followed with so much storm that the 
greater part of it is piled up in drifts, so that the 
sleighing is not good, and many of the roads not 
passable. 

All orders that have been sent in for the Clasi- 
lied Minutes, will be filled as soon as they are com- 
pleted, a notice of which will be given in the Mes- 
sengek. Until this notice appears, you need not 
expect your orders to be filled. 

Ik you want to distribute safe Christian litera- 
ture, send for a lot of Bro. Hays' "Plan of Salva- 
tion." In it the doctrines of our church are plain- 
ly given, and great good could be accomplished by 
having it liberally distributed. 



Eld. 11. II. Miller has been preaching for the 
Brethren in Darke Co., O. As some of our East- 
ern brethren are going West to preach, would it 
not be well to have an exchange ? We believe 
that the Eastern churches would gladly welcome 
such help. 

We are trying to improve the moral and literary 
standard of our young people, by offering them the 
Golden Dawn. It is a 32-page monthly that we 
publish at the low price of 81.00 a year. Agents 
are wanted at every office, to whom sample copy 
and outfit will be sent free. Send for it and see 
for yourself. 

Eld. Peter Long, of New Germantown, Pa., 
though past his four score years, still is able to be 
about and do some preaching. When a boy, we 
were often permitted to sit under his preaching;, 
and his earnestness in presenting the message of 
salvation made impressions that will never be for- 
gotten. May the evening of his long life be calm 
and peaceful. 

The railroad men are growing interested in our 
coming Annual Meeting, and the Almanac is in 
demand— the Ministerial List is wanted— that they 
can do cheap advertising and palaver our bishops, 
as they are pleased to call such as are willing to be 
"influential." Our brethren should be careful that 
they do not sell themselves for the sake of getting 
favors. Our character and honor ought to be more 
sacred to us than a free ride to Annual Meeting. 



In order that our Brethren may become better 
acquainted with our charitable institutions, Bro. 
Kmmert offers to send the Helping Hands one year 
to the Gospel Messen<;ek subscribers for only 
thirty cents. For the present year it will be a 83- 
page quarterly, with Supplements, if the circula- 
tion will admit. In it will be found a full descrip- 
tion of the running of the Huntingdon and II a- 
gerstown Orphans' Homes, with much informa- 
tion relating to other charitable institutions Give 
the good work a helping baud, by subscribing for 
the Helping Hands. 



The Orphans' Home, at this place, has now 
twenty-eight children in it. The object of this 
Home is not to receive and raise orphan children, 
but to provide good and permanent homes for 
them. They are received and comfortably provid- 
ed for until a suitable home can be found, so that 
some remain in the Home only a few weeks, while 
others remain a much longer time. In this way a 
large number of children can be provided for with- 
out having many together at any one time. 



Quite a number of inquiries are coming in ask- 
ing for the agency of Bro. Quinter"s book on "Trine 
Immersion." These letters are filed, and as soon 
as the book is completed, they will be answered 
and necessary instructions given, which, we hope, 
will be in a short time. The sale of the book has 
been given into the hands of the Brethren's Pub- 
lishing Co., and all inquiries concerning it should 
be addressed accordingly. Price, single copy, post- 
paid, $1.50; per doztn, by express, $14.00. To agents 
who order 100 copies, or more, at a time, a special 
discount will be made. 



A number of the churches are arranging to hold 
series of meetings. This is commendable, and we 
hope to hear good results. It must be remembered, 
that the mere holding of meetings will not accom- 
plish tl-ft -rio^i neither c;';\tb:- minisV" sent for, or 
Tn charge, do'much good, unaided by the church.— 
The succif" of these meetings will depend largely 
on the ear^stness of the home membership. The 
fire must be started in our own hearts before we 
kindle it in others. If the members are desirous 
and anxious that souls may be saved, and frequent 
the chamber of prayer often, there will be an out- 
pouring of the Spirit and a gathering to the fold. 



COLD WEATHER. 



The other morning, when coming down to the 
office, we were told a half dozen or more times that 
it was cold— very cold— tremendously cold, etc. Of 
course we were not prepared to deny it, as when 
the thermometer gets twenty or more degrees be- 
low zero, that it is cold, ceases to be a debatable 
question, in the middle of the temperate zone. But 
as everybody seemed concerned about the coldness 
of the weather, we came to the conclusion that 
there was a general agreement on the subject, and 
that everybody was candid and outspoken in re- 
gard to it. 

We suppose the reason of this is, nobody feels 
responsible for the making of it. and therefore 
all have a right to speak out their mind about it, 
and even grumble when it is not made just to suit. 
The remarkable thing about it, however, is the 
general sympathy that is expressed for those who 
are made to suffer from the effects of the coldness. 
We pity those who are necessitated to be out. or 
such as do not lnve warm and comfortable, houses 
and beds, and indeed, such are subjects for pity, 
and demand our sympathy. This kind of coldness 
affects our bodies, and causes a great deal of hu- 
man suffering, but there is another kind of cold- 
ness that is much more sad in its results. We ''all 
it spiritual coldness. This coldness is uot affected 
by the natural sun or measured in degrees by the 
thermometer, yet it is very prevalent, and every- 
body is more or less affected by it. Many of the 
churches nre badly frost-bitten, and some are fro7- 



en to death, and yet there is but little or no alarm 
felt or expressed. 

You can walk up and down the streets for weeks, 
without hearing a word about it. Souls are freez- 
ing all around, without any sympathy being ex- 
pressed. How selfish, how inhuman, is the Chris- 
tian towards his fellows, as far as the religious 
weather is concerned! He treats them worse than 
the common tramps, who throng our streets and 
frequent our doors. We were reminded of this the 
other day, as a young man came to our own door, 
stating that he had traveled afoot for a long dis- 
tance, seeking employment and finding none. In 
explaining his condition, he said: "I tell you, 
friend, it is pretty hard." Pretty hard! 

There seemed to be so much in the expression, 
that a very tender chord was touched, and he went 
away filled and thankful. The thought is, are we 
not more compassionate towards physical suffer- 
ing than we are towards the spiritual? Are we as 
much concerned about those who are freezing for 
the warm love of Jesus as we are about those who 
are shivering from an atmosphere that marks eigh- 
teen or twenty degrees below zero? 

It was the coldness of the hearts of men that 
killed our blessed Redeemer, and thousands have 
been freezing him ever since. To-day, while dev- 
ils are admitted and are dancing within human 
souls, Jesus, the soul-saving Savior, stands with- 
out, knocking and knocking for admission, but the 
door remains unopened, and the merciful call mi ,^ 
heeded. "Behold I stand at the door and knock : ii 
any man hear my voice and open the door, I will 
come in and sup with him and he with me. Such 
is the pleading voice, calling for admittance into 
cold and frozen hearts, but they neither pity or are 
pitied. 

How cold the religious weather must be, and 
how much suffering we have for the want of the 
warm, loving atmosphere of Jesus! Dear reader, 
let me give you the common salutation of the 
hour, "It is cold to-day." Just how the spiritual 
thermometer stands, we cannot tell, but in places 
it must be very low— very cold, and Christians and 
sinners are suffering and freezing to death. Are 
there none to rescue, none to sa\ e ? 

This sleep is accompanied with a dullness, a 
drowsiness that destroys all sense of danger or 
pain, so that the only hope is that friends who are, 
or should be interested, will bring them in out of 
the cold before it is too late. 

My brother, my sister, is it cold with you? Is 
the warmth of divine love growing low on the 
hearth-stone of your soul? As you walk along 
the street, or meet with your fellow-Christians, do 
you salute them with the salutation. It is cold- 
very cold? Or, if your own soul is basking in the 
warm atmosphere of Christian love, do you pity 
those who are perishing out in the cold? There 
are thousands of Christian tramps all over our 
land. They move as the surging waves of the sea. 
They are seeking employment, and as they seek, 
their hearts teach into the warm parlors of our 
souls— they want food, they want olothing, they 
want warmth. Hungry, naked and starving, they 
surge up and down, to and Era, seeking for the 
helping hand and the sympathizing heart. But. 
like the tramps that tread our streets, they are 
bluffed off, and foar to approach our doors. Oh' 
how we wish thit cold weather could forever pass 
away, and every Christian church become an Eden 
of warmth and love, into which the cold and per- 
ishing could fly M the dove into Noah's i\rk' 



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ESSiiTS. 



Btndy to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that 

needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the 

Word of Truth. 



IN MEMORY OP SISTER LAURA 
STEEL. 



I!V -MBS. DAVID CLEM. 



Sister Laura, how we miss thee, 

Sorrow's pangs, can best express. 
Thus to see cold death embrace thee, 

Fills our hearts with deep distress. 
Yet, we feel, amidst our sadness, 

That there's One, who knows our grief. 
And we turn to him with gladness, 

Feeling that, he'll give relief. 

Sister dear, the grave has won thee; 

And our hearts are filled with woe, 
We are sad; so satf, without thee, 

But our sadness, thou can'st not know. 
For, dear one, thou'rt sweetly sleeping, 

In the grave, so cold and low, 
Thou art resting ; we are weeping, 

Tears of anguish, here below. 

But, we hope the tears of sadness, 

O'er thy grave in sorrow shed, 
Are but harbingers of gladness: 

Gladness, freed from doubt and dread; 
For, we hope, again to meet thee, 

When our day of life is fled. 
Yes; we hope in heaven to greet thee, 

Where no parting tear is shed. 

Ah ! dear one, the grave hath won thee, 

Ami thy form we'll see no more, 
Till we, too, cross death's cold river, 

Land on Canaan's peaceful shore. 
May ice have that full assurance, 

As we leave this earthly shore, 
That ire' re going home to Jesus ; 

Going home, to die no more. 
Walkerton,Ind., Ncv. 10, 1885. 

WARNING. 



BY ENOCH EBY. 



I ruOTOSE in this article to give the experi- 
ence and observation of a noted Methodist 
minister of fifty years ago, and then the read- 
er can contrast the present with the past, and 
take warning. Hear him: 

"In those days, our discipline was observ- 
ed with great punctuality by preachers and 
people. Class-meetings were held in due 
form; and love- feasts were Christian love- 
feasts, indeed. Tbe members of our com- 
munity were, also, conformed to rule in their 
apparel, which punctuality comported well 
with their holy profession. Rich and poor, 
old and young, came to be admitted, with a 
full understanding that our practical rules 
must be observed, and they generally assent- 
ed to them without hesitation, believing that 
such self-denying acts are necessary to con- 
stitute a real Christian:— for they had learn- 
ed from the Bible, that 'Strait is the gate 
and narrow is the way that leadeth unto life, 
and few there be that find it.' 

"Admitting that our peculiarities drew up- 
on us some scoffing remarks from the igno- 
rant, trifling, world, still our course was ac- 
cording to Scripture; and we were consistent 
with our profession as Christians, and as 
Methodists, — the discipline was not a dead 
letter. Our striotness was an example of 
Bible simplicity, too strongly founded on 



truth and reason to be laughed down or 
overturned by argument. Simplicity and 
strictness, the original and beautiful attri- 
butes of Methodism, have done much to give 
us popularity and influence in the world. 

"It is a grave thought however, that as we 
are in a world of experiments, one genera- 
tion improving upon another, nothing should 
stand permanently in one position. But 
man cannot make the law of God more par- 
feet, or make any improvement on the plan 
of salvation. 

"These are perfect designs, which came 
down from heaven and are made eternal fix- 
tures in his kingdom. A man may improve 
on his own plans and works, but he cannot 
improve on the designs of God. The doc- 
trines and precepts taught and established 
by Jesus Christ, are immutable things and 
will remain so till he shall come again. — 
The road to heaven is as narrow now, as it 
was eighteen hundred years ago, and the 
same strait gate remains at the entrance, 
as Jesus Christ first designed it, through 
which all must pass to enter into his king- 
dom. The conditions of salvation remain 
unaltered. It costs as much penitence, hu- 
mility and self-denial now, to gain heaven as 
it did in the days of the apostles. All the 
practical rules contained in the Gospel, every 
Christian is bound to observe. 

"Holiness being the Gospel standard of the 
Christian character, the Methodist discipline 
was framed according to the pattern con- 
tained in the Holy Scriptures, with an inten- 
tion to y,ise up a fe.oly people. Itis only an 
epitome of precepts, found in the Gospel ; 
and it is not too strict to mould the Christian 
character. We could undoubtedly add num- 
bers to our community if we had no disci- 
pline. It is one thing to add numbers, and 
another, thing to build up the church of 
Christ with holy members. 

"To be vain in dress is evidently a depart- 
ure from Christian simplicity, and the prac- 
tice appears more inexcusable in our church 
than among others; besides, it makes us ap- 
pear very inconsistent, for in taking the bap- 
tismal covenant upon ourselves this question 
was proposed, 'Dost thou renounce the 
devil and all his works, the vain pomp and 
glory of the world, with all the covetous de- 
sires of the same, and the carnal desires of 
the fleBh, so that thou wilt not follow or be 
led by them V To which the reply waa, 'I 
renounce them all.' Where are all our sol- 
emn vows, while we are following the foolish 
fashions of the world? 

"The ministers of the gospel are God's 
watchmen appointed to guard the church, 
and they have the power to mould the Chris- 
tian community committed to their charge. 
The Bible and diecipline are in their hands, 
and they are not only accountable for their 
manner of preaching, but for the administra- 
tion of discipline also. They have the power 
to correct those innovations, and to check 
the growth and spread of evils in the Church. 
Even small evils are dangerous things, 
hence they should not be neglected. Revo- 
lutions, in civil communities, often begin by 
Bmall changes, which prepare the way for 



broader movements, and greater innovations. 
So in the government of a Church, to dis- 
pense with one practical rule, prepares the 
way for the neglect of another; and so on 
till every practical rule becomes despoiled 
of its virtue and efficiency by the sweeping 
changes, leaving nothing standing but a 
dead letter. In this way churches generally 
decline, and lose their glory and spiritual- 
ity; and when their practical godliness be- 
comes extinct, it ic useless for them to boast 
that their creed is good." — Charles Giles, V. 
D. M., in the Pioneer, pages 174 — 7. 

In the above abstract from the Pioneer 
we have the departure of the Methodist 
church from their former simplicity in dress, 
and separation from the world in vanity of 
every grade, for which they were noted, 
plainly set before us by one of its prominent 
ministers of large experience, who readily 
acknowledges that the Scriptures plainly re- 
quired the former self-denying principles of 
the Church, and that it requires the same 
to-day to constitute a Christian, because they 
are the designs of heaven, and eternal fix- 
tures in God's kingdom, and will remain till 
Jesus comes again, and the same narrow way 
to heaven remains unaltered, hence costs as 
much humility and self-denial as in the days 
of the apostles. 

As history repeats itself, should not we be 
alarmed and take warning ? The Methodist 
Church (as well as some others) stands as a 
monument of warning, in those Bible charac- 
teristics above alluded to especially. Our 
author, after presenting the state of things 
he so much deplores, gives us the reason, 
and I think he is quite correct. The minis- 
try, as God's watchmen, mould the commun- 
ity. Show me a true, loyal Bible set of min- 
isters, living out all those characteristics 
above referred to and I will show you a 
Church as friend Giles says theirs once was, 
and as the Brethren Church was forty years 
ago, but her glory is, and has departed in 
many places. 

Ministers should preach the whole truth, 
and nothing but the truth, and that without 
price. A hired minister, to make a financial 
success, must try to please his hearers, and 
will do it sometimes at the sacrifice of truth, 
by telling them that some commandments 
are no more essential to our salvation. Others 
may be over anxions for numbers, so present 
a flowery road, without thorns, or roughness; 
and if not in the public assembly, he will in 
private, and in the family circles, discard 
church rule and order, promising them 
certain liberties unwarranted by the Bible. 
Corruption or trouble follow, sometimes both, 
but as expressed above, "it is one thing to 
gather, or add numbers, and another to build 
up the church of Christ with holy members." 

Dear brethren, have we not reason to be 
alarmed and take warning, when wo see such 
disastrous results from ministerial liberties, 
unregarded by the church! We cannot olose 
our eyes to the fact that pride, in all its vari- 
ous and destructive forms, is making its in- 
roads upon us as a Church, and if the last 
forty years repeat themselves, where will we 
stand. We need not ory, Peaoe, peace, where 



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there is no peace; the world is rejoicing over 
it; let us put on sackcloth and ashes, and 
turn to the good old way. 

It will be noticed that the Pioneer prin- 
cipally refers to the vanity in dress of the 
members es one of the great sins of the age; 
and thinks they are less excusable than oth- 
ers, on account of the solemn vow they made 
at their baptismal covenant. Are not we less 
excusable as a church, considering the nat- 
ure of our baptismal vow, and the superior 
light we have, and the magnitude of our 
profession? "Surely we are." When the 
world sees, and points out our looseness in 
that respect, can we say we do not see it? 
Who will be accountable at the Judgment? 
Certainly all who throw their influence in 
that direction, and do not labor to arrest this 
great and growing evil, and curse of the age. 
Then let us take warning. 

Lena, III. 



SHALL WE KNOW EACH OTHER IN 
HEAVEN? 



13Y LEWIS W, TEETER. 



In a current number of the Messenger ap- 
peared a request for an essay embraced in 
the above caption. 

First, It is quite natural to suppose, that 
we will not retrograde in knowledge, in con- 
sequence of the work of death; or know less 
after death than before death. 

But, on the other hand, it is quite certain 
that we will not remember some things after 
death, that we know now. For instance, we 
refer to the prophet Isaiah: "For behold, a 
new heaven, and a new earth: and the for- 
mer shall not be remembered, nor come into 
the mind."— Is. 65: 17. 

Here Isaiah says plainly that the former 
heavens and earth will not be remembered, 
but we make the assertion that we shall 
know each other in heaven. We must there- 
fore analyze and classify our knowledge, and 
in doing so we notice that we have a knowl- 
<dg s of evil things, as well as of good. And 
as the Bible teaches that the state of the 
saved, after death, will be perfect happiness, 
or blessedness, and that nothing sinful or 
unholy, will be permitted to enter there, ve 
reason theD, that if it cannot be permit- 
ted to enter heaven, it cannot be retained 
in memory, else we could not be absolutely 
free from the evil of sin. Therefore we con- 
clude that all wickedness, and the remem- 
brance of sin will be forever barred out of 
heaven. 

It is not sinful to know each other here, — 
we were created to know each other. Adam 
and Eve knew each other, and prior to their 
fall they knew God, for God created 
them in his own image and likeness. Then, 
there were three beings in that society, name- 
ly God, Adam, and Eve. God knew Adam 
and Eve. If Adam and Eve were like God, 
they also knew him, and also knew each other. 
Notice that Adam and Eve knew each other 
before they were subjeot to death. If, there- 
fore, Jesus came into the world because of 
the fall of Adam and Eve, we argue, that 



after his work is completed in us, we will be 
restored and again know each other. 

In order not to be too lengthy we will 
notice but a few more points. We refer to 
the transfiguration of Christ. Peter recogniz- 
ed Moses aud Elias. Notice the conditions: 
Moses and Elias appeared in their spiritual 
form, while Peter and the others were in the 
flesh, but we see that Peter knew them, and 
proposed to Jesus, to make here three tab- 
ernacles, one for Moses, one for Elias, and 
one for him. This language clearly shows 
that Peter knew them, and it is also clear 
that Peter never knew Moses and Elias, 
while they lived in the world. Hence this 
incident affords us the following points of 
proof: First, If Peter being in the Jlesh, could 
know spiritual beings, certainly one spiritu- 
al being would know another spiritual being, 
as much better as a spiritual being is better 
or more perfect than one in the flesh. 
Second, It proves that we shall not only know 
those whom we knew here, but that we shall 
know others as well. 

Again, we are told that "In heaven they 
neither marry nor are given in marriage, but 
are like the angels of God in heaven." — Matt. 
22: 30. 

We must believe that the angels of God 
know us, "Our angels do always behold the 
face of the Father, which is in heaven." Matt. 
18: 10. The angel of God appeared to Cor- 
nelius, and called him by name. If, there- 
fore, the angels know us here, why can they 
not know us in heaven ? And if the angels 
will know us in heaven, and we shall become 
like the angels, it follows, that we will know 
the other angels, and consequently also know 
each other. 

Again, Paul says, "For we know in part, and 
we prophesy in part, but when that which is 
perfect is come, then that which is in part 
shall be done away." — 1 Cor. 9: 10. Here it 
is intimated that we know in part while in 
the flesh, but when perfection has come, then 
partial knowledge will be superseded by un- 
iversal or perfect knowledge. In the 12th 
verse le has moie special reference to 
personal recognition: "For now we see 
through a glass darkly but then face to face." 
We cannot think of anything that could 
stimulate Paul to use the language "face to 
face," if it were not that he believed the doc- 
trine of recognition in heaven. 

Now I know in part, but then shall I know 
even as I am known." To paraphrase, Paul 
seems to say this: Now I know in part, but 
/ am now completely known, but then I stiall 
know aB completely as I am now known by 
God and the angels. 

Again, John says: "Beloved, now are we 
the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear 
what we shall be; but we know that when he 
shall appear, we shall be like him, for we 
shall see him as he is." 1 John 8: 2. 
John seems to see through a glass dark- 
ly as well as Paul: "It doth not yet ap- 
pear what we shall be," but he refers to 
something that we do know, that is; we 
know that when he shall appear we shall bo 
like him, "For we shall see him as he is." 

We must know that the Lord knows ua, 



for Paul says: "The foundation of God stand- 
eth sure, having this seal. The Lord know- 
eth them that are his."— 2 Tim. 2: 19. If, 
then, the Lord knows us, and we shall be 
like him, then we will know the Lord, and if 
we will all be like the Lord, we will be less 
like each other. Therefore, we will know 
each other as well as we will know the Lord 
and as well as the Lord knows us. 

Now, in conclusion, it will be admitted 
that we will be able to talk in heaven, and 
that with immortal tongues, and also it must 
be admitted that each one of us will know 
himself, and can tell each other who we are. 

We have a natural anxiety to know each 
other. We want to know the Trinity first, 
we want to know Moses, and all the prophets, 
faithful Daniel, and the Hebrew children 
that waded the flames, and all the faithful 
martyrs. We want to know Paul and all the 
apostle3, and lastly we want to know all our 
dear ones gone before. 

But if it even were so that God had some- 
thing better for us than all the above good 
things, we will be glad to accept it. 

Hagerstown, Ind., Jan. 7, ISSa. 



'BECAUSE OF THE ANGELS." 



BY MARY KINDELL DICKEY. 

"For this cause ought a woman to have power on her 
head. "-1 Cor. 11: 10. 

We are often reminded by good brethren 
and sisters that they considered the covering 
referred to by Paul as binding on all female 
believers in Christ, and that they believed it 
to be one of the crosses the Christian hadt ~ jj 
bear, 

True, it may be a cross to her who wears it 
as a sign of humility, in thus recognizing man 
as her spiritual head, and because by not 
wearing it, she would dishonor, not her head 
but the man. I say it is no wonder, that it 
is a cross to such, because they were in er- 
ror. 

We have reflected much on this subject 
and now consider it as a plain command, and 
its spiritual benefits as sure to accompany 
its right observance as any of the commands 
in the Bible, and by the female believer 
should be gladly observed, and considered 
her passport to her final inheritance among 
the sons of God. 

Why is it a shame for a woman to pray 
unto God uncovered ? Is it because in a 
spiritual sense she is too unworthy? Verily, 
no, we can find no such reason given; but 
Paul teaches us that it is because she fails to 
claim the power conferred on her by the 
Lord himself. The New Envision says she 
"ought to have a sign of authority on her 
head because of the angels." 

The question naturally arises What is this 
"power" or "sign of authority,' referred tj. J 
We will turn to our Bible and see: "But as 
mauy as received him, to them gave he poir- 
cr to bacDme the sons of God, even to them 
that were believers on his name, whioh 
were bom, not of blood, nor of the will 
of the rlesh, nor oE the will of man, but 
of Cod"— John 1: 12, 13. (The italics are 
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Scriptures that go t( prove that the "power" 
spoken of by Paul, is the very power to be- 
come the sons of God. 

Therefore, is it not rather a privilege 
than a cro33 to wear this sign of power to be- 
come the BDi s of God? 

For what cause should we wear this sign? 
Beautiful and sublime reason, "Because of 
the angels," those sweet messengers of peace, 
who are ever ready to minister unto our 
spiritual wants; and the great future alone 
will show how many of these ministering 
spirits have held aloof because they failed to 
see the "signs of power." 

What the punishment shall be, I am not 
able to discover, but if it is no greater than 
missing the sweet ministration of the angels, 
it would be great enough to make us more 
zealous of possessing all power and spir- 
itual blessing that the Lord has promised to 
those that obey him. 

Fredonia, Wilson Co., Kan. 



WOE IS ME, IF I PREACH NOT THE 
GOSPEL. 



BY C. H. BALSBAUGH. 

To Bro. D. Victor Long, of Manor Church, 

Md.:— 

To-day I received Gospel Messenger, 
No. 47, and see that you have been made an 
under-shepherd over the flock of God. My 
heart immediatly went out to you in sympa- 
thy, and up to God with the petition that 
jou may be endowed with wisdom and power 
\ from on high. When I saw you last, you 
were a mere child, and I hope you are a 
child the second time, and will remain one 
while on earth, as the only condition of abid- 
ing peace and power and usefulness. 

The first thing for you to realize in your 
new office is that all power in heaven and 
earth belongs to Jesus, and in him are hid 
all the treasures of wisdom and of knowledge. 
Matt. 28: 18; Co 1 . 2: 3. God never plays 
upon words. Every syllable is meant. He 
never retracts. His conditions are impera- 
tive, and "His promises Yea and 
Amen." If any man lack wisdom let him 
ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, 
and upbraideth not; and it shall be given 
him; but let him ask in faith, nothing w av- 
er i no; for he that wavereth is like a wave of 
the sea driven of the icind and tossed. LET 
NOT THAT MAN THINK THAT HE 
SHALL RECEIVE ANY THING OF 
THE LORD."— James 1: 5, G, 7. Knowl- 
edge pufl'eth up." We must, therefore, ask 
for wisdom, intelligently, discriminately, and 
believingly. In James 3: 17, we have the 
characteristics of the wisdom that God gives, 
and the only wisdom that can be of any avail 
to clergy or laity. This divine illumination 
has been largely ignored in the Brotherhood, 
hence "envying, an 1 strife, and confusion, 
and every evil work. "This wisdom descend- 
eth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, 
devilish." — James 3: 15, 16. 

Another matter of supreme moment is your 
complete, absolute, and irrevocable consecra- 
tion tD ti c -'ory of God. Self-seeking self- 



petting, and self-glorification, is the glaring 
sin of most Chiistian professors. "With- 
out faith it is impossible to please God." — 
"How can ye believe which receive honor 
one of another, and seek not the honor 
that cometh from God only." — John 5: 4A. — 
Ask God to engrave that into your heart 
with the diamond of the Eternal Spirit. 
Self- exaltation, self-complacency, and thirst 
for popularity, is the curse of the ministry. 
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in 
Christ Jesus." Sae Philpp. 2: 5-8. And 
then, rest assured that you will share all the 
glory and beatitude in the "wherefore" of 
the ninth verse. Christ had no will, no end, 
no interest, no joy, no measures apart from 
the will, and purpose, and glory, of God. 
Be thou perfectly one with him in this. 
Herein was the secret of his wisdom and pow- 
er. 

Few brethren are called to the ministry, 
who are qualified for the office in the matter 
of consecration. The oxen, or the farm, or 
the wife, or this, or that, prevents that con- 
centration of affection and energy, indispen- 
sable to the solemn and sublime vocation of 
exhibiting Emmanuel as "the wisdom of God, 
and the power of God," as the depository of 
"all the fullness of the head bodily." Medi- 
tate and pray much over 1 Cor. 3: 21, 22, 23, 
and 6: 19, 20. The great divine human life 
of Jesus foealizsd in one object. Of many 
he said, "One thing is needful." Paul reiter- 
ates, "This one thing I do." "Thy tvill be 
done on earth as it is done in heaven." To 
abide in Jesus, is to allow the divine will to 
dominate us as it did him. Then will "the 
promise of the Father," come upon us, and 
we will have a pergonal Pentecost, and be bap- 
tized with the Holy Ghost and with fire for 
the accomplishment of our mission. Open 
j our heart wide, and ask Jesus to open it as 
he only can, and take in that wonderful, 
glorious, soul- satisfying, soul- enlarging, 
soul-transforming promise in John 15: 7. 
O, if we only believed that God means literal- 
ly and fully what he says, what Christians 
we would be, and what "sons of thunder" and 
"sons of consolation," our preachers would 
be! "Why could not we? — Because of 
your UNBELIEF."— Matt. 17: 19, 20. 

Get your ideas of the Gospel from the 
Gospel itself as illuminated by the Holy 
Spirit. Gal. 1: 12. B9 not too high-minded 
tto begin at the a, b, c. Do not attempt to 
chew tough steaks before you have prop- 
erly learned to suck milk. Do not pretend 
to show "the full corn in the ear" while you 
are yet in the bud. You must prattle and 
stammer before you can articulate distinctly 
and fluently. The heavy tongue and slow 
speech of Moses, when sanctified with the 
living coal from God's altar, are "mighty 
through God to the pulling down of strong- 
holds." If you would, in the future, be a 
pillar in the ministry, wielding wide and 
salutary intluence, be content to serve a 
protracted apprenticeship. Many young 
ministers spoil themselves for life by being 
in haste to be "wise master builders" before 
they had secured deep and solid foundations. 
Do not look for your diploma before you 



have earned it. Expect many a mistake and 
down-break before you can stand calmly on 
your feet and declare the riches of God's 
grace in the utter forgetfulness of self. It is 
not till self-consciousness is wholly swallow- 
ed up in the sense of Christ's presence, and 
power, and love, that the ministry of the 
Word reaches its true standard. Look far 
away into the future, for this attainment. 
It is for you, but not until you have drained 
the cup of Gethsemane, and can say with 
the deepest pathos and utmost sincerity, "not 
as I will, but as thou wilt." Be not discour- 
aged if you cannot be an Apollos, or Whit- 
field, or Finney, before your head is sprink- 
led with silver. Jesus of Nazareth was kept 
under private tuition thirty years in order to 
prepare him for a brief ministry of three 
years. Instead of being wasted, his hidden 
carpenter-life is the very marrow of his fruit- 
ful and mighty public career. 

There are three things that are paramount 
in a really successful ministry: Searching 
the Scriptures, incessant prayer, and perfect 
trust in God. The Word of God h an inex- 
haustible mine of wisdom. Eternity cannot 
dig out all its treasures. The infinite mind is 
in it. The solution of one mystery reveals a 
score, a hundred mysteries, greater still. — 
Who knows, either theoretically or practi- 
cally, the heights and depths of our common 
words, repentance, faith, love? Or, take the 
commonest of all words, life and who can go 
to the bottom, and expound its nature and 
origin? Do not be afraid that the Bible will 
not supply you with material enough for an 
effective ministry. It has innumerable rami- 
fications, which compass the Universe. It 
requires you to analyze the very air you 
breathe, and the light that bathes you, and 
your food and drink, and all the organic 
functions of your complex being. — John 3:8; 
1 John 1: 5, 7; John 6: 51, 58; Eph. 4: 16. 
In the perfect Christian life, faith and pray- 
er are the sum total. The sense of sin makes 
us shy of God, and this destroys the possi- 
bility of trust. Prayer must be with the 
confidence of a child that knows not what 
doubt is. We have the promise and oath of God 
for our security, and this is all faith needs, and 
all that prayer can ask. God cannot tran- 
scend himself, and because he could swear by 
no greater, he sware by himself. Here faith 
rests, and prayer is intelligent, pereietent, 
and prevailing. "Come boldly to the Throne 
of Grace," "ask what you will, and it shall 
be done." "What you will," presupposes 
our identity with Christ. 

We have excellent speakers, and noted so- 
called evangelists, who can draw large au- 
diences and sustain great intellectual inter- 
est, and excite lively admhation, and yet, 
their labor is comparatively fruitless. Even 
the fish they drag to shore soon slide back 
into their native element, They are only 
caught, not converted. When the occasion is 
over, the religion evaporates. Thank God, 
there are conspicuous exceptions. Soul sav- 
ing is the preacher's business, and not sim- 
ply eulightning, and convincing the judgment, 
disturbing the conscience, and inflaming 
the imagination. Learning we want, and 



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much of it, if we can have it; but with all the 
erudition of the University, and all the elo- 
quence and dexterity of Talmage, and Moody 
and Earle, and all other distinguished evan- 
gelists and pulpit orators lumped, our soul- 
winning power is derived from another 
source. Oar brains may be seething with 
thought, and our hearts flaming, and surging 
with emotion, and the audience before us 
sway to our influence like a forest before a 
tornado; if this is all the power we can 
exert, our work will be shallow and evanes- 
cent. Awakenings occurring under such min- 
istries are like winter brooks that turn dry 
and dusty in the heat of summer. If you want 
to serve your generation with a work of abid- 
ing merit, allow your heart and mind to be 
fully possessed and controlled by the great, 
glorious, essential truth, that it is the Holy 
Ghost, and he only, who can make you an 
"able minister of the New Testament," a liv- 
ing, divinely-accredited, divinely-upheld 
exponent of the Lord Jesus Christ. Pray 
God to burn the sense of this radical neces- 
sity indelibly into your heart. If you live 
moment by moment at the foot of the cross, 
and make body, soul, and spirit, subservient 
to the ministry of the Holy Ghost, you will 
experience what it means to "preach in dem- 
onstration of the Spirit and of power." The 
Holy Ghost is given to every ambassador of 
Christ, in proportion to his roominess for 
such an advent. But in order to have this 
special baptism, we must know that we are 
crucified and risen with Christ. Self must 
be utterly annihilated, if Jesus is to mani- 
fest his power in us, and we are to "be filled 
with all the fullness of God." Paul's wonder- 
ful prayer for the Ephesians is for our use 
and experience, literally and circumstantially. 
Eph. 3: 14, 20. Pray day and night for the 
consummation of Gal. 2: 20. Do not fret and 
cut yourself with stones and lancets, and 
bellow like a lunatic, as though our Father 
in heaven were as deaf and heartless and im- 
potent as Baal. Pray in the serenity and 
quietness, and confidence of a child, who is 
impelled and sustained by "exceeding 
great and precious promises" which are as 
sure to the faith of the saint, as Jesus him- 
self is secure in his Father's love and co-op- 
eration. "I, YET NOT L" This is the true 
secret of power in battling with the world, 
the flesh, and the devil, and storming the 
gates of Hell, and plucking souls as brands 
from the burning. Not your pungent, or elo- 
quent words, but the invisible, omnipotent, 
energy of the Holy Spirit, reaches the sin- 
nor's innermost and lodges the truth in 
his conscience, and makes it "the power of 
God unto salvation." Be more concerned 
for the indwelling of the convictiDg andrenew- 
ing power of the Spirit of Jesus, than deliver- 
ing aerooas that oritios may pronounce 
eloquent and sublime. When the flaming, 
sin-consumiug presence of God flashes the 
truth into the soul, all thoughts of eloquence 
or fasoiuatioD, or sublimity, will give way to 
the all- solving question, "What must I do to 
be saved?" Save faith in God, be much in 
prayer, and let the word of Christ dwell in 
you richly. "Purify yourself even as he is 



pure," and count nothing impossible with 
God, and to faith. Expect great things 
from God, but nothing without him. Five 
words dropped from your tongue afiarne with 
Pentecostal Are, will burn deeper into your 
soul than ten thousand, that are self-generat- 
ed and self- delivered. "Consider what I say, 
and the Lord give you understanding in all 
things."— 2 Tim. 2: 7. "Look unto Jesus," 
and that in faith and constancy, and he will 
not fail to fulfill John 14: 10, 17, 20. 

"Let us never, never rest, 

Till the promise is fulfilled; 
Till we are of Thee posses.-ed— 

Pardoned, sanctifird, and SEALED: 
Till we all, in love renewed, 

Find the pearl that Adam lost, 
Temples of the living God, 

Father, Son, and Holy Ghost." 

Union Deposit, Pa., Nov. 28, 1885. 



THE RIVER JORDAN. 



BY FANNY MORROW. 



One of the most interesting features in the 
geography of the earth, is the study of its 
rivers. The description and history of the 
rivers of any country generally form the 
most attractive part in the history of that 
country. Sometimes the glowing grandeur 
or sweet beauty of river scenery is so vividly 
traced by poet or historian's pen, that per- 
sons who have never looked upon the actual 
scenes can yet, by reading and the aid of the 
imagination, see, admire and enjoy their 
beauty. 

The river Jordan is not celebrated for its 
beauty or attractive scenery. It only meas- 
ures a little over two hundred miles from its 
source to its grave in the Dead Sea. But its 
history forms an important part in the histo- 
ry of God's chosen people. And we think we 
are safe in saying, its history is more widely 
spread, more generally known than the his- 
tory of any other river of the "earth. The 
very name Jordan, has a charm for the ear 
of the Bible student, because of the many in- 
teresting records given of remarkable events 
occurring there. So, wherever the Bible is 
read and known, the river Jordan is well 
known, too. When the Israelites were re- 
leased from Egyptian bondage, they were 
promised a home of peace and plenty beyond 
Jordan. All the while they were led through 
the great and terrible wilderness, they were 
enoouraged by the promises given them of 
the land where brooks and fountains of wa- 
ter abounded, where milk and honey flowed 
— the glory of all lands. And their weary 
journey is at last ended by the mighty mira- 
cle wrought for them at Jordan. Ab the feet 
of those who bore the ark touched the brink, 
the waters parted on either side of them, 
making room for all the multitude to pass 
safely over, or rather, through the river on 
dry ground. 

Again, almighty power was displayed when 
Naaman, the proud but leprous Syrian Cap- 
tain, at the laBt believed the word spoken by 
the prophet, obeyed him by washing in Jor- 
dan and was made clean of his leprosy. 



John the Baptist taught his disciples in its 
valley, and baptized them in its waters. 

Here Christ, the loving Savior, was bap- 
tized and crowned by the Holy Spirit's pres- 
ence in a visible form. This Bcene alone 
would make it a sacred place to every Chris- 
tian heart. 

The river Jordan was to the Israelites an 
entrance to their earthly paradise. So the 
symbolic river of death is the entrance to 
heaven. The aged pilgrim sings, "I brush 
the dews on Jordan's banks," and knows that 
he is almost home. Now, while we review 
these scenes, and let our thoughts linger 
around them, let us breathe the prayer, that 
when we reach our Jordan, we may be "strong 
and of good courage," because the Lord of 
hosts will bear us safely over. 

Osborne, Kan. 



TRACTS AND REFORM. 



BY J. S. FLORY. 



Speaking of tracts, it would be a good 
thing to have a few for the "converted," sc- 
called — those who profess to be godly men 
and women. In No. 48 of Gospel Messen- 
ger, for 1885, under the head of "A Lecture 
on Keform," is a short essay that ought to be 
published in tract form, and scattered abroad 
as profusely as the autumn leaves strew the 
forest ground. The words of that bold writ- 
er ought to be printed in blazing characters 
on every lintel and door-post, where the 
"Lords of creation" dwell. God bless the 
pen that thus strikes a blow at the iniquitous 
work done under the liberty of the marriage 
bonds. No excuse can cover from the eye of 
God the sins of the "lust of the flesh," am 7 . 
may the pent up and covered work of oppres- 
sion, so long winked at by men of professed 
Christianity, be brought to a serious consid- 
eration. Heathenism has not yet all be?n 
eradicated from civilization, nor will be, bo 
long as one class is held in slavery, and ! 
ies are sacrificed on the altar of animal pas- 
sion. He that would be wise must croie to 
the light. 

^ » tm 

SAFE TO Tl UST GOD. 



The day I left home, jays Dr. Talmage. to 
look after myself and for myself, in the wag- 
on my father sat dr» v iug, he said that, 
aay something whicn has kept with me all 
my life: "DeWitt, it is a" vays safe to trust 
God. I have many a time come to my last 
loaf of bread. You may know, that, having 
been sick for fifteen years, it was no easy 
thing for me to support a family; but alwft] a 
God came to the rescue. I remember the 
time," he said, "when I didn't know what to 
do, and I saw a man on horseback riding up 
the farm-lane, and he annouuced to me that 
I had been nominated for the most lueratiw 
otlice in all the gift of the p ople of the coun- 
try, and to that I was elected, and God in 
that way met all my wants; and I tell you it 
is always safe to trust him." 



A thought embodied and embraced in tit 
words, walks the earth a living being. - Sri 



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CORRESPONDENCE. 

' Write what thoa eeest— and send it unto the churches. 



Gone Home. 



To-day we followed another dear sister in 
Christ to her last resting-place. The subject 
of our notice was sister Margaret J. Jones, 
wife of Bro. James W. Jones, and a daugh- 
ter of Eld. Euple, of Northern Indiana. Sis- 
ter Jones came to Colorado some nine months 
ago, in hope of regaining her health, but the 
golden bowl was too near severed. She was 
confined to her bed for several weeks before 
her death, but she bore all with Christian 
fortitude. Some time before her death, she 
called for the elders and was anointed in the 
name of the Lord. 

If the afflicted could only make up their 
minds to come to Colorado before they are 
too near gone, many that received no bene- 
fit would probably find great relief, and oft- 
en be cured. We get a groat many letters 
asking about this climate, and never hesitate 
to say we have a very healthy climate for all 
kinds of lung trouble. And for myself, I 
cannot be thankful enough for the benefit I 
have received from this climate. 

G. W. Fesler. 



Report of the Sisters' Missionary Band of 
Mt. Morris, 111. 



Knowing: there are others who feel interest- 
ted in the Sisters' Missionary work, and that 
some have expressed a desire to know what 
the sisters at Mt. Morris were doing, it was 
decided at our last meeting that a report of 
f'our work should be given in the G. M. 

According to Sister Snavely's suggestion, 
the sisters here have organized and hold reg- 
ular missionary meetings the last Saturday of 
each month from 2 to 3 P. M. We have a 
constitution to aid us in our work; the Pre- 
amble of which is as follows: — 

Whereas, We, as sisters of the German 
Baptist Fraternity, desire to aid our brethren 
in the mission work of the church, and io 
cultivate in ourselves the spirit of self-sacri- 
fice and good will to our neighbors, and, be- 
lieving that united effort is the most efficient 
way of doing good, we have resolved to add 
our mite, small as it may be, to this good 
cause. 

Oar meetings are opened by singing, pray- 
er, and reading of Scripture, after which the 
minutes are read. A collection is then held, 
to which most of the sisters contribute a 
regular sum. Our officers are as follows: 
President, Vice President, Secretary, and 
Treasurer. Solicitors and committees are ap- 
pointed by the President to solicit contribu- 
tions, try to awaken an interest in others, 
and to ascertain if any cases merit the aid 
and sympathy of members. Our first meet- 
ing was held in October. The interest man- 
ifested was good, and seems to be increasing. 
Our motto is, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth 
to do, do it with all thy might." We trust it 
will not be long until our dear sisters every- 
where will take hold of this good work, and 
say. By God's grace we will do what we can I 



It i3 certainly a grand opportunity to do 
good, and lay up treasure in heaven. We 
hope, by faithfully remembering our work at 
the Throne of Grace, we may have divine 
guidance, and that the blessing of God may 
rest upon our efforts. 
Jan. 8, 1880. Vina E. Shoemaker. 



From Lamed, Kan. 



The Gospel Messenger finds its way to us 
weekly. It finds a welcome in our isolated 
home. We rejoice to read in the G. M. of so 
many pentecosts. May God's blessing rest 
on all the church workers. We are located 
three miles north of Larned. Family and 
myself are the only members in Pawnee Co. 
We feel isolated indeed. On Dec. 11, breth- 
ren Masters and Weaver, of Stafford Co., 
came to us, and had an evening meeting at 
the school-house across the road from our 
home, and had an attentive audience. Bro. 
Masters heartily admonished us to live by 
faith, and not by sight. This was the first 
time the Brethren's doctrine has been pro- 
claimed in this part of Kansas. We have a 
beautiful country here, and hope the Breth- 
ren will come and see this goodly land, and 
and settle here and build up a church. I say, 
Come over into Macedonia and help us. 

There are quite a number of church societies 
here, but there seems to be very little gospel 
food for me. We have a healthy country, 
and good schools. Larned, the county-seat 
of Pawnee Co., is an incorporated city of 2500 
inhabitants, was laid out in 1873, is free from 
saloons, and is a model of peaceful industry, 
from which many older, eastern cities may 
draw a useful lesson. The population of this 
county is about 8000. Larned neither has 
nor needs either a jail or a poor-house. 

There is no distinction between landlord 
and tenant. Every man owns his home, and 
works for himself, if he desires. 

Simon Hetrich. 



— . . v . 

From George's Creek, Fayette Co., Pa. 

Our meetings are matters of the past, as 
regards time, but in our memories will ever 
live — be present, fresh and new. Mount Un- 
ion love-feast was an enjoyable meeting in- 
deed. Best of order was manifested. One 
applicant for baptism. The Uniontown love- 
feast was well attended. Three were baptiz- 
ed. Great interest was manifested. Breth- 
ren Jesse Calvert, of Indiana, D. D. Horner, 
of Indian Creek, J. H. Myers, of Markleys- 
burg, Pa., were with us and labored faithful- 
ly in word and doctrine. Bro. Calvert 
preached Sunday morning in the Uniontown 
church, D. D. Horner in the evening. Had 
a good house, and best of attention. Bro. 
Myers preached in the Fairview church, near 
Masontown, where Bro. Calvert was holding 
a protracted meeting. Bro. Calvert's visit to 
us was timely and seasonable, and full of 
wholesome instruction, wise and good coun- 
sel, through the Word preached. 

Some were added to the church, others 
were almost persuaded, and the Brethren 
greatly strengthened and encouraged. The 



weather was unfavorable most of the time, 
during our meeting, yet had good attendance. 
Bro. Calvert left for home Wednesday even- 
ing, after services, much too soon for us. — 
May the Lord bless his labors for good. Bro. 
Myers remained with us over Sunday. The 
roughness of the weather lessened the attend- 
ance and the interest. We expected to con- 
tinue our meetings, but closed with one more 
applicant for baptism, making, in all, sixteen 
added to the church, one by baptism, who 
had been baptized by the Progressive people. 
Learning his administrator was an expelled 
and unreconciled minister to the body that 
first gave him his commission to baptize, he 
was unwilling to risk so important and sacred 
a matter as the holy rite of Christian baptism 
as being rightly and legally administered by 
the hands of unreconciled parties to the 
Brotherhood. Baptism is rightly and legal- 
ly performed when under the guidance of the 
Holy Spirit, when the applicant and admin- 
istrator are of the same faith and purpose, 
and the administrator in full faith and fel- 
lowship with the body that authorized and 
commissioned him to baptize. May the Lord 
increase and perfect our faith. 

John C. Johnson. 



In Memoriam. 



Almeda Fine was born Sept. 7, 1860, and 
departed this life Nov. 18, 1885. Sad, indeed, 
is the duty of recording the departure of one 
so young, so amiable and so universally be- 
loved. But, since it has pleased our heaven- 
ly Father to remove her hence,, we can only 
bow in humble submission to his most right- 
eous will. In reference to her life, a few 
words might not be out of place. 

At home she was a model of filial affection 
and obedience. She was ever ready to do the 
bidding and to fulfill the wishes of her par- 
ents. In turn she shared the fondest affec- 
tions of a kind father and a tender mother, 
who did all that parental love could do to 
soothe the spirit and relieve the suffering of 
their darling daughter in her lingering afflic- 
tions. 

At school she was a model of diligence, pa- 
tience and fidelity, bright and cheerful in 
spirit, kind and affable in disposition. She 
was esteemed by all ; she was loved by all. — 
I can here speak that which I know, and tes- 
tify to that which I have seen. During the 
four years in which we sustained the relation 
of teacher and pupil, her deportment, both in 
study and behavior, was irreproachable, while 
the sweet confidence with which she accepted 
instruction showed how well she appreciated 
the worth of knowledge. "How much better 
is it to get wisdom than gold; and under- 
standing is rather to be chosen than silver!" 
"She shall give to thine head an ornament of 
grace; a crown of glory shall she deliver to 
thee." Prov. 16: 16; 4: 9. 

Her Christian walk was without spot, and 
blameless. She "joined the church at six- 
teen. She lived a true and devoted Chris- 
tian, and attended all her communion-meet- 
ings until her present affliction." Thus ran 
the brief memoiial which tells how faithful- 



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ly she discharged her sacred obligations. She 
was not given to worldly amusements or gay- 
ety, but was ever serene, gentle, modest, 
abounding in those gems of virtue which all 
mankind admire, and which, in the sight of 
God, are of great price, even the ornament of 
a "meek and quiet spirit." On Sunday morn- 
ing, Oct. 11, she was anointed with oil in the 
name of the Lord, her health having rapidly 
declined for the last few months. Bro. F. 
W. Dove, with the writer, officiated in this 
service, and also at the funeral, which was 
held at the family residence, Nov. 19, in the 
presence of a large number of sorrowing and 
sympathizing relatives and friends. 

Her remains were laid to rest in the little 
cemetery near by to await the resurrection 
morn. She died as she lived, with a placid 
smile on her brow, giving beautiful lessons 
of advice to the loved ones weeping around 
her, and telling her mother she saw the an- 
gels and heard the whispers of Jesus. May 
his grace comfort and sustain the bereaved, 
and may we all strive to meet our lost and 
Wed ones in that beautiful land, "the far 
away home of the soul." J. B. Pence. 



A Visit to Harrison Co., Ind. 



Having been requested to visit and preach 
for the little band of brethren and sisters liv- 
ing in Harrison Co., this State, I left home 
on Nov. 20 to enjoy a communion season with 
them. Arrived at New Albany the same 
evening, and was met by Bro, G. W. Myers, 
a minister living in this arm of the church, 
which is known as the South Buck Greek 
congregation. Lodged in New Albany all 
night. Next morning Bro. Myers conveyed 
us to his home, twenty-five miles away, where 
we were kindly received and hospitably en- 
tertained by Bro. M's. family. From here we 
were taken to the place of meeting, where we 
met a small number of brethren and sisters, 
and a fair audience. We felt that God met 
with us, and trust we all received some spir- 
itual strength. 

There are about thirty members living 
here, most of whom we visited in their homes. 
Several of them are suffering from bodily af- 
fliction, and some near the end of the road, 
bat they are Btrong in the hope of God's sav- 
ing grace. We bowed in prayer with some 
of these aged and afflicted saints, feeling that 
we should meet no more in this world. But 
our prayer is that we may be found in the 
resurrection of the just, for we know that th« 
meeting there will be glorious. 

There are four ministers living here, two 
(brethren Jonathan and Jos. Zimmerman), 
having been ordained to the full ministry. — 
The other two (H. Hoke and Geo. M. My- 
ers), are in the second degree of the minis- 
try. Bro. Myers moved to this arm of the 
ohurch about two yeare ago, and expresses 
him«elf well pleased with his situation. We 
became satisfied, while there, that he had no 
occasion for being idle, neither is he inclined 
to be idle. This held for ministerial labor is 
large, and much of it seems to rest upon him. 
We feel assured, that if he and his co-labor- 
ers go on in the fear of the Lord, they will 



accomplish much good, and graft many 
branches into the true vine. 

While with them, we had fourteen meet- 
ings; attended their love feaBt the evening of 
Dec. 1. Most of the time the attendance was 
good, and the attention to the word preached 
encouraging. The attendance on the even- 
ing of the feast was large. We were inform- 
ed that there were three ministers present 
from other denominations. The order and 
attention were good, considering the crowded 
condition of the house. There were no ac- 
cessions to the church while with them. The 
Lord only knows the results of our efforts. — 
Our prayer is, that some sin darkened hearts 
may have been prepared by his grace, and 
will, before long, ripen into true conversion. 
The brethren and sisters seemed encouraged 
and built up. This little band of members 
desires that ministers and members who are 
thinking about changing locations, come and 
look at Harrison county. Land is cheap; 
winters are not so severe. It is considered 
good wheat land; all kinds of spring crops 
can be raised here. Spring wheat is not rais- 
ed. Good fruit country; most all kinds do 
well. Part of the country is very broken and 
hilly; then there is some nice farming land, 
good timber — oak, beech, shell-bark, hickory, 
yellow poplar, walnut and other kinds. 

I arrived home on the morning of Dec. 5; 
found all well, for which we thank our Heav- 
enly Father. Our brethren and sisters have 
our thanks for their kindness shown while 
with them. A. S. Culp. 



From Great Bend, Kan. 



Dear Brethren and Sisters and Many Dear 
Friends in Fayette Co, Va: — 

According to promise, I will write you 
through the Messenger. We arrived in 
Kansas safely, and are all well, for which we 
feel very thankful to the Giver of all good. — 
We left Sewell depot on the morning of Oct. 
21; arrived at Great Bend, Kan., on the 23rd. 
Bro. Michael Morehead met us there, and 
took us to his home, where we were kindly 
cared for. Many Brethren are coming here. 
I think there are between sixty-five and sev- 
enty-five members in this church. Four 
were baptized since we cam9. This is a beau- 
tiful country, and seems to be quite healthy. 
We have had beautiful weather since we 
came here. The wheat fields are looking fine 
this fall. Corn seems to be plenty. The peo- 
ple are busy husking it. If any of you want 
a nice home, come soon, for all the land will 
soon be taken up. The land is rising fast in 
price. Charlotte Masters. 



From Norton Ceiuer, Kan. 



On Dec. 19, Bro. and sister Harnish, my 
wife and I, started on a mission trip, from 
Ilussel, Kan, to north-western Kansas, as di- 
rected by Mission Board. Our first placo 
for preaching was at Kill Creek, the 19th and 
20th; at Survey, 21st and 22 ad; to Books and 
Graham counties, 23rd to "27th, at Norton on 
the 28th and 29th. Meetings were attended 
with interest to the word Hpokeu, but no ac- 



cessions so far. To-morrow, the 30 th, we go 
to the Maple Grove colony. I will let you 
hear from us again. John Hollixger. 

Russel, Kan. 



From Bradford, Ohio. 



We have waited that others might write 
you of the mission among the colored people 
in Ohio, but seeing nothing as yet, I send a 
note at this late date. 

On the 15th of August, Elder John Smith, 
of Dayton, Ohio, and the writer, left Dayton 
and went by way of Cjlumbus to Circleville, 
Pickaway Co. Upon our arrival, we were 
met by Bro. James May, the minister, and 
Bro. John Wilson, the deacon, who told us 
that two, one of whom was from Lancaster, 
were ready for baptism, and that their aim 
was to hold a love-feast that night in the 
city. 

We repaired to the river at dark, where 
baptism was administered by Bro. May, (the 
first by him) and then, with a large crowd, to 
the basement of the M. E. Church in town, 
where a love feast was partaken of by ten 
communicants, and in the presence of a large 
assembly, all colored, and all very attentive 
and orderly. It was their first one there. 
We remained at Circleville for four days, 
having two meetings each day, and with 
large attendance at night; and were cordially 
invited to accept of and use, a large and 
well- furnished church, belonging to the col- 
ored Methodists of that place, which we did. 
On Wednesday, the 19th, at dark, two sisters, 
one the wife of Bro. James May, were baptiz- 
ed. The reasons for baptizing at night were 
that they are a laboring people and could not 
obtain a dismissal from employment before 
six o'clock P. M. 

We left them for Frankfort, Ross Co., on 
the 20th, feeling that this field is now ripe 
and ready for the harvest. At Frankfort 
had two night meetings, and the next day 
came west to Lexington, Highland Co. On 
Friday night, Sap 1 ;. 18th, five of us from 
Dayton and Clark Counties, met the colored 
brethren at Frankfort at a love- feast. Just 
before coming together, two who had driven 
from Circleville, came to us, and desired bap- 
tism that they might have part in the fenst 
also. They, too, were baptized at night and 
with all the guests, nearly all of whom 
were colored, seemed to enjoy the meeting 
very much. 

This misson is surely worthy the at- 
tention of us all, and should have much more 
attention than it is receiving. May the Lord 
send more laborers into the harvest, now 
ripe, and so wide and great! 

Dec. 24, 1885. Landon West. 



He who is unwilling to stoop will never 
rescue the perishing, and he who refuses to 
lo6e his life will never find it among God's 
saints.— Henry M. Booth. 



A cniLi) of Go 1 should be a visible beati- 
tude for joy and happiness, and a living dox- 
ology for gratitude and adoration. — Sel. 



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Sister Mary C. Norman changes her ad- 
dress from Kepublic City, Kan., to Gillmore, 
St. John Co., same State. 



On Sunday, the 17th inst, one of the stu- 
dents at this place was received into the fold 
W of Christ by Christian baptism. 



Since the last report received from Bro. 
G. L. Studebaker, of Shideler, Ind., eleven 
more have been received into the church by 
baptism. 

Two were received by baptism in the Bea- 
ver Creek congregation, Va., and others are 
apparently near the kingdom. We glean 
from Bro. J. W. Click. 



The Christian who is full of the love of 
God is sure to suffer if the church suffers. — 
Like Jeremiah of old, he is ready to cry out, 
"For the hurt of my people am I hurt." 



It has been said that the church is trying 
to marry the world. If this be true, she is 
unfaithful to her betrothed, for she is des- 
tined to be the bride of the Lord Jesus. If 
she be going worldward, what a fall from her 
high destiny awaits her! May the Lord keep 
the church pure and spotless until his com- 
ing. 

There is a strong connection between lib- 
erality and spirituality. Indeed, it is to be 
doubted whether a stingy, miserly man or 
woman can be a Christian. "Sell what thou 
hast, give to the poor, and come and follow 
me," iB as applicable to-day to many people 
as it was when Christ spoke the words to the 
young man who had his heart fixed on his 
earthly possessions. 



We, as Christians, must be transformed to 
the image of Christ. Our lives must be like 
the life of Christ, and this only can we attain 
by walking in his footsteps and obeying from 
the heart his words. 



Sister Mary Mc Arthur, of Princeton, Bu- 
reau Co., ILL, is living away from the Breth- 
ren, and would like to have some of them 
visit her. She is striving to be faithful, and 
asks an interest in the prayers of God's peo- 
ple. 

Would we grow strong in our Christian 
life and experience? If so, let us live close 
to Christ, for the closer we walk with him, 
the further will we be separated from the 
world, and the stronger will we grow in di- 
vine life. 

Bro. J. M. Mohler is holding a series of 
meetings at Lanark, 111. We learn that 
much interest is manifested, and we trust 
that some good may be done for the Master. 
One was baptized at Georgetown, near Lan- 
ark, on Sunday, the 17th inst. 



Bro. J. J. Blickenstaff, of Winamac, Ind., 
gives us a short report of their meetings. — 
Bro. S. H. Sayler preached eleven sermons 
for them. One sinner was converted and 
added to the church by baptism, and the 
church strengthened and built up in the faith 
of Jesus. 

Among the books offered to our agents 
for securing subscribers is one of Barnes' 
Notes on the New Testament. Some have 
thought this volume contains the entire 
N otes. Not so; there are eleven volumes, and 
we, as stated in our prospectus, give "any 
one volume of the Notes." 



We are requested to give the names and 
addresses of the General Missionary Com- 
mittee, for the benefit of our new subscrib- 
ers. Daniel Vaniman, Virden, 111.; James 
B. Gish, Koanoke, 111.; Samuel Riddlesbar- 
ger, Franklin Grove, 111.; E. S. Young, Mt. 
Morris, 111 ; D. L. Miller, Mt. Morris, 111.— 
Bro. Miller is Secretary and Treasurer of the 
Committee, to whom all money and letters of 
inquiry should be sent. 



A sister at Hagerstown, Md., sends one 
dollar for Bro. Hope's home, and says she 
saved it by denying herself of luxuries dur- 
ing the Holidays. The giving that costs us 
self-denial is precious in the sight of God. — 
If in every home in our Brotherhood the 
money that was spent for luxuries during the 
Holidays had been saved and consecrated to 
the Lord, what a goodly sum would have 
been added to the Lord's portion! 



The Arab woman paints her finger nails, 
the fashionable American woman paints her 
face; the Chinese women compress their feet, 
the Americans their waist. The dwellers in 
the desert wear rings in their noses and on 
their ankles, the Americans wear them in 
their ears and on their fingers and wrists. — 
The question is, What advantage has our 
boasted civilization in these foolish fashions 
over the half- civilized and barbarous? 



The Brethren of the Rock Grove church, 
Iowa, expected Bro. James Evans to be with 
them on the 23rd inst., to hold a series of 
meetings. 

A joyous thought it is to each Christian, 
that he may constitute one little link in that 
golden chain which preserves the knowledge 
of the dying love of his Savior, from the hour 
of crucifixion till he come to reward his saints. 



Bro. C. P. Rowland says the members of 
the Cherry Grove church, 111., were made to 
rejoice on the 18th inst, when a young man 
came out on the Lord's side and united with 
the church. They expect Bro. J. M. Mohler 
to preach for them at the close of the meet- 
ings in Lanark, and hope for an ingathering. 



Bro. W. R. Miller, of Polo, 111., with wife 
and little son Ralph, are spending the winter 
in Florida. It is hoped that the sunny cli- 
mate of the South will restore our sister to 
health. She has been a great sufferer for 
some years with neuralgia. When last heard 
from, they were comfortably located at Mc- 
Meekin, Putnam Co., six miles from Keuka. 



Bro. Daniel P. Shively, of the Pipe Creek 
church, Ind., says: "Bro. Billheimer preach- 
ed for us from Dec. 19 to 31st, in all, fifteen 
able sermons. Sinners were warned and 
saints encouraged. The immediate results 
of the meetings were four baptized, with oth- 
ers near the kingdom. May the Lord help 
us all to hold out faithful to the end, is my 
prayer." 

There are many sad sights in this world, 
and one among the saddest, to us, is to see a 
pure- hearted, trusting girl give her heart and 
happiness to the keeping of a young man 
who has formed a taste for strong drink. It 
is sad to watch the downward course of the 
husband, but sadder still to see the heart- 
broken wife and mother, who bears the shame 
and disgrace of having a drunkard for a hus- 
band. Ah! once she loved this man, who, be- 
fore God, promised to love, protect and cher- 
ish her. But the demon of strong drink has 
made a very devil of him, and he beats and 
abuses the best friend he has ever had. Who 
can fathom the depth of the misery of the 
heart of a woman who is bound for life to a 
drunkard? God pity the drunkard's wife. 



One of our correspondents says that the 
missionary number of the Messenger is ho 
brimful of most excellent articles, that he is 
led to believe that we have been saving the 
best essays for it. Not so; the articles were 
written especially for that number, and that, 
too, rather hurriedly, as we had but little time, 
after the suggestion came to us, to give our 
brethren who furnished the essays. Anoth- 
er one suggests that we get out a similar 
number during the spring. It costs us con- 
siderable money to get out such a large edi- 
tion, and send it out practically free. But 
we have thought, perhaps at the close of the 
present year, we might again send one out, 
if our brethren think it advisable to do so. — 
If so, we shall make the edition large enough 
to supply the demand. 



THE GOSPEL ME98ENGEK. 



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Bro. S. A. Honberger, of Barnard, Mo., 
writes us that he baptized two penitent be- 
lievers in the Nodaway river on Christmas 
day. Two had been baptized in the same 
place in November. This work was com- 
menced under the auspices of the Home Mis- 
sion Committee. Two more have given their 
promise to come to the church: In Februa- 
ry they hope to have Bro. C. C. Boot with 
them. 

Bro. S. T. Bosserman sends us a postal card 
with this good news: "The Brethren in Ea- 
gle Creek church, Hancock Co , O , are now 
in the midst of a glorious revival. Twelve 
were baptized, and prospects for more. Bro. 
Silas Hoover held forth the word until this 
morning, when he left for home. The meet- 
ings stil continue. The cold weather was 
too severe for me to attend, as my health 
would warrant no exposure. Hence I re- 
main at home and do my share of the work 
silently." 

To give of what the Lord has intrusted to 
our care, is as clearly and as explicitly com- 
manded as any injunction contained in the 
Bible. Christ said, "The poor ye have with 
you always, and ye can do them good when 
you will." "We are apt to forget that none 
are so poor as those who have not the gospel 
of Jesus. Hence our duty to assist in giving 
the gospel to those who do not have it. A 
man or woman may be wealthy, nnd yet, 
without Christ, poorer than the beggar by 
the wayside, whilst the poor, wayfaring 
man, who, like Christ, has not where to lay 
his head, may be immeasurably rich in spirit- 
ual life. In truth, we may say, that richer tie 
a hinderance to a spiiitual life. It briDgs sor- 
did cares, and money-making carries with it 
a demoralizing influence. 



Among the early Christians, the converts 
were strictly prohibited from attending any 
place of worldly amusement, end so strict 
was the discipline of the church in primitive 
times that attending a place of this kind was 
made a test of Christian fellowship. Tertul- 
lian, one of the early church fathers writes 
on this subject as follows: 

"If a Christian had been excommunicated 
for being present at a chariot race, or a com- 
bat of Gladiators, or a dramatic representa- 
tion, or any gymnastic exercises; for attend- 
ing any secular game or entertainment, or 
working at any trade which ministered to the 
purposes of idolatry, or using any expression 
which might be construed into a denial of 
his faith or into blasphemy against Christ; or 
if from passion, or impatience of censure, he 
had broken off his connection with the 
church — still his guilt was not of so deep a 
dye, but that he might, upm his public con- 
fession, be again received into its commau- 
ion. 

How far modern Christianity has departed 
from the apcstolio church, may be seen by 
contrasting the above with the theater, circus, 
and horse-race going professors of to-day; 
many of the churches even admitting "dramat- 
ic representation" into their houses of wor- 
ship, in order to raise money to pay ex- 
penses. 



QUUKISTS' DEPARTMENT. 



Dear Editors : — 

Will some one of you, or some other brother who 
can, explain fully the following, giving Scriptural rea- 
sons; also the relation of one to the other in degree: 1st, 
minister in the first degree; minister in the second de- 
gree; minister in the third degree. 2nd, Council Meet- 
ing, District Meeting, Annual Meeting. My reasons for 
wanting an explanation on these are various. The prin- 
cipal reason, though, is, that I am frequently asked con- 
cerning tlieui and cannot give a very good reason. Will 
t-ome one please answer through the Messenger? 

Cot/l Cili/, hid. B P. Goshokn. 

Both of the foregoing questions are relat- 
ed more or less to the polity or government 
of the church. The first question refers to 
the officers in the church, and the second to 
the order in conducting the government of 
the Church. 

In the New Testament there is no very 
definite plan, for governing the Church, laid 
down. In regard to this, as in some other 
things, there are principles given, and some 
application of those principles, but much 
was left to the development, wisdom and dis- 
cretion of the Church. 

1. In regard to the officers of the Church, 
or the different degrees in the ministry, we 
have not very full or explicit descriptions 
given. There evidently were different de- 
grees in the ministry, but the limits of their 
authority, and the specific duties pertaining 
to each degree are not very definitely defin- 
ed. The Apostle Paul, in referring to the 
appointment of officers in the Church by 
Christ, says, "He gave some apostles; and 
some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and 
some, pastors and teachers." Eph. 4: 11. And 
to the Corinthians he says, "And God hath 
set some in the church, first apostles, second- 
ly prophets, thirdly teachers, and after that 
miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, gov- 
ernments, diversities of tongues." 1 Cor. 12: 
28. To the Romans he says, "Having then 
gifts differing according to the grace that is 
given to us, whether prophecy, let us proph- 
esy according to the proportion of faith; or 
ministry, let us wait on our ministering; 
or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that 
exhorteth, on exhortation; he that givetb, let 
him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with 
diligence; he that she weth mercy, with cheer- 
fulness." Rom. 12: 6-8. To the Philippians 
he says, "Paul and Timotheus, the servants 
of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ 
Jesus, which are at Philippi, with the bish- 
ops and deacons." Philipp. 1: 1. Luke, the 
author of the Acts of the Apostles, in giving 
the travels and labors of Paul and Barnabas, 
speaks of them thus: "And when they had 
ordained them elders in every church," etc. 
Acts 11: 23. In examining the Scriptures 
we have quoted, it will ba seen that quite a 
number of names is given to the officers 
that served in the early church. Besides 
those that were peculiar to apostolic times, 
we have "bishops," "pastors," "elders," "min- 
isters," "evangelists," "teaohers," "rulers," 
"governments," "helps," "exhorters" and "dea- 



cons." Now these were all probably in the 
ministry except the deacons, and they are 
considered in it in some Christian denomi- 
nations. And they perhaps may be consid- 
ered in the ministry in a certain sense, 
though they are not preachers A minister 
is one that serves. So, while all those nam- 
ed above served, they served in a somewhat 
different capacity. 

Now, the three degrees in the ministry that 
we have in our Brotherhood, probably cover 
all the work in the ministry implied in the 
above names that indicate permanent offices 
or permanent officers in the church. Since 
the missionary work in the church has re- 
ceived the attention it has, we have ministers 
that are called "evangelists." These are do- 
ing missionary work. But these evangelists 
are not chosen from among the lay members 
of the church as our ministers are chosen, 
but they are taken from among the ministers. 

As the New Testament, then, recognizes 
different offices in the ministry, or, as we per- 
haps might say, different degrees in the min- 
istry, this, we presume, was the ground upon 
which our ancient brethren introduced the 
three degrees in the ministry that we have 
among us. And having tried it, and finding 
that it worked well, it has been continued. — 
To take a young and inexperienced man, and 
put him into the ministry, and give him all the 
power and responsible labor that belongs to 
the ministry, at the time of his installation, 
would, by no means, seem to be a judicious 
course. Hence our brethren in the ministry 
are advanced as they prove themselves faith- 
ful and competent. 

It is also asked what relation the ministers 
in the different degrees sustain to each other. 
We would say they sustain a very important 
and near relation to each other. All the 
members in the church sustain a relation to 
each other similar to that which the different 
members of the human body sustain to each 
other, according to the teaching and illustra- 
tion of Paul. And men in the ministry prob- 
ably sustain a nearer relation to each other 
than do the common members of the church, 
since they occupy places in the body nearer 
the vital part. Hence their relation is a very 
tender relation, and it ought to be very dear 
to them, and they should diligently guard 
against anything that might disturb that re- 
lation, and diminish its power for good. Of 
all difi'uulties in churches, those that occur 
between ministers are to be most regretted, 
as they are serious hindrances to the pros- 
perity and usefulness of the church. 

The relation that the ministers of the dif- 
ferent degrees in the ministry, and indeed 
that all ministers, stand in to one another, is 
a relation that should unite them, and make 
them a uuit, in their holy labors in the 
Christian ministry. While those of the first 
and second degree should regard with defer- 
ence those in the third degree, the latter 
should not manifest a domineering spirit 



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THE GOSPEL MSSBBNGSE. 



the former, or as "being lords over God's 
heritage, but ensamples to the flock." Peter 
5: 3. And probably it is to ministers of dif- 
ferent ages and of different degrees in the 
church, that the following language of Peter, 
coming immediately after that quoted above, 
was designed to apply with special force: 
"Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves un- 
to the elder, yea, all of you be subject one to 
another, and be clothed with humility: for 
God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to 
the humble." 

The field for labor is large, and, hence 
there is ample room for all to work. And 
the minister of the first degree, though he is 
somewhat restricted in his labors, should not 
be kept back in his work. And where the 
proper feeling and harmony exists between 
ministers in the different degrees of the min- 
istry, they will all work together, for the 
work belongs to them all. A young minis- 
ter may administer baptism under some cir- 
cumstances, and other ministers besides 
those that are considered fully ordained, may 
take part in anointing the sick. So when 
brethren are called to the ministry, and in- 
stalled, they are in that holy work, when 
they are only in the first degree. But for 
wise and judicious reasons, the church has 
adopted an order for advancing brethren in 
the ministry, and such a course commends 
itself to men of discreet minds, and differ- 
ent Christian denominations do so. And it 
is in harmony with the spirit and teaching 
of the gospel. 

2. The second query refers to our different 
•/^council meetings. Oar introductory remarks 
will also apply to this. While, as we remark- 
ed, there is no precise form of church gov- 
ernment contained in the gospel, we cannot 
do without some form of church government. 
And we have the principle of government, 
and some helps given us in the gospel. If 
professing Christians were all perfect, there 
would not be so much need of church gov- 
ernment, unless it might be desirable to have 
the help of such government or council to 
keep us perfect. God is a God of order, and 
government is of God. "The powers that be 
are ordained of God." Eom. 13: 1. These 
powers are understood to refer to civil gov- 
ernment. And there is a great deal of order 
and system in civil government. And this is 
especially the case with the system of gov- 
ernment under which we live. Oar towns 
and townships have their laws, and these 
laws connect the towns with the counties, 
and the counties are connected with the 
States, and these with the general govern- 
ment. There is a regular gradation from the 
lowest to the highest places in our civil gov- 
ernmont. There is wisdom in this. And the 
children of light, or of God, should not be 
less wise than the children of this world, 
though in some things they are so according 
to our Lord's sayiug. Luke 1G: 8. And there 
should be order and system ia the churoh. — 



This is according to the principles of the 
gospel, and the deductions of sound wisdom. 

In the 18 th chapter of the gospel accord- 
ing to St. Matthew, we have a plain recogni- 
tion of the common or church council: — "And 
if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto 
the church." If any thing is told unto the 
church, the church must be assembled, and 
that in council. Hence there is a plain rec- 
ognition of a church council. In the 15 th 
chapter of Acts, we have a general council, — 
the sanction of a council similar to our An- 
nual Council. We have no plain precedent 
in the gospel for our District Meetings, but 
we have the principle. The principle that 
sanctions the church council, and the Gener- 
al Council, will sanction the District Council, 
or a State Council, or any council that the 
general church may deem advisable to hold 
for the promotion of its efficiency as a refor- 
matory agent under God, in reforming the 
world, or in promoting its own edification. 

We think it should be understood by our 
brethren, that it is not only with the plain 
precedents, and formal statements of the gos- 
pel that we have to do, in forming our views 
of church government, of church work, and 
of Christian life, but with the principles of 
the gospel we also have much to do. These 
contain truth that is to be developed, and ap- 
plied by the church from time to time as its 
grand mission may require. But no applica- 
tions of the truth are to be made that will 
render void, or that will conflict with any or- 
der or practice established in the church by 
divine authority, and which was designed to 
be continued in it. j. q. 



THE LOVE-FEAST AT LAHMARS- 

VILLE — SUNDAY-SCHOOL, IN 

WINTER— THE ORPHANS' 

HOME. 



We had promised some time before, if the 
Lord permitted us to do so, to attend the 
love-feast in the Duncansville church, on the 
21st of December. And we were permitted 
to attend the meeting. It was late in the 
season for such a meeting, or, later than such 
meetings are usually held, but as the Breth- 
ren of said congregation have a comfortable 
meeting-house, the meeting was held without 
any difficulty, though the weather, at the 
time, was pretty cold. The roads were toler- 
ably well covered with ice and snow, and the 
sleighing was good. The meeting-house 
near Lahmarsville, in which the meeting 
was held, was not originally intended for 
love-feast meetings, it not being a very large 
house. But it was thought proper by the 
Brethren to hold such a meeting in it, and 
there was room enough for the members and 
a large number of the citizens, it being well 
filled. The meeting was very quiet, solemn 
and pleasant. It commenced at six o'clock 
in the evening, and continued without any 
general intermission, until all the services at- 
tended to on such occasions were performed. 



The services closed a little before nine 
o'clock. 

The Brethren of the Duncansville church 
desired the meeting to be continued over 
Sunday, and we remained with them, having 
two meetings on Saturday and two on Sun- 
day. These meetings were well attended, es- 
pecially at night, and the attention was very 
good, and they seemed to be refreshing sea- 
sons to many. One person avowed his in- 
tention of living a new life. And from the 
indications manifested, there were others who 
were seriously thinking of the propriety and 
necessity of doing the same. Our beloved 
brother, Jacob Miller, of the Woodbury con- 
gregation, was with us at the communion 
meeting, but left us on Saturday morning. 

The Duncansville church is the home of 
Bro. James A. Sell, an active and useful min- 
ister of Christ. He travels a good deal in 
Pennsylvania, and is known in many church- 
es, that he has visited. He has two brothers 
in the same congregation, who are also zeal- 
ous and useful ministers. The father and 
mother of these brethren are living in the 
same congregation. And we may mention it 
as an honorable record of their family, that 
they have eight sons, four of whom are in the 
ministry, two in the deaconship, and the oth- 
er two are in the church. Bro. Daniel D. 
Sell, of Plattsburg, Mo., is the fourth of the 
family who is in the ministry. 

The Brethren have an interesting Sunday- 
school in the house in which the meetings 
were held. The summer session of the school 
closed on Sunday afternoon, with such exer- 
cises as are usually performed on such occa- 
sions. Cards of merit were distributed 
among the scholars. All present seemed to 
be happy. Being called upon to make some 
remarks, and the hymn with the chorus, "We 
will work till Jesus comes," etc., having been 
sung, we used the expressive and suggestive 
words above alluded to, as the basis of some 
thoughts for the encouragement of all who 
are working for Jesus, reminding them, that, 
though he had already come in the flesh, and 
that another anniversary of that event would 
be soon commemorated, ho will come again, 
the second time, in power and great glory, 
having his reward with him, "to give every 
man according as his work shall be." 

Some, who felt much interested in the Sun- 
day-school work, and who enjoy the work, 
thought that the school might be continued 
through the winter. The propriety of so con- 
tinuing it was considered. Bro. Brice Sell 
very properly took the opportunity, before 
the meeting was called upon to vote on the 
subject, to remind it, that, if the school was 
continued through the winter, there would 
have to be considerable self-denial endured, 
as the weather would bo likely to be unpleas- 
ant, ofteD, when the time for meeting of the 
school would come. His remarks, we be- 
lieve, were designed more especially for tho 
teachers, and suoh as had the work to do. — 



THE GOSPEL. MESSENGER. 



59 



The subject presented itself to us under an- 
other aspect while Bro. Sell was making his 
j list remarks, and we presented our thoughts 
to remind the meeting of the other side of 
the subject. 

We suggested the thought, that, while it 
is true, that the work would be likely to re- 
quire self-denial, it should not be forgotten 
that self-denial is a divine principle, occupy- 
ing a prominent place in every genuine 
Christian character, as it did in the charac- 
ter of our Lord; that in the exercise of this 
principle, we may, with assurance, appeal to 
God for his blessing on our labors, as work 
attended with self-denial is not likely to be 
prompted by selfishness, or a desire for com- 
mon and carnal pleasure. So if self-denial 
must be endured, it will have its influence in 
promoting our spiritual culture, and its re- 
ward from the heavenly Master. Hence, the 
fact that we must endure self-denial, should 
keep us from no good work. The meeting 
voted to continue the school through the win- 
ter. 

At the close of our meeting on Sunday 
night, Bro. James A. Sell called the attention 
of the Brethren, and all that were present, to 
the Huntingdon Orphans' Home, and pro- 
posed to have a meeting on Christmas night, 
in the Brethren's meeting-house, for the ben- 
efit of that institution. He instructed the 
people to bring any thing that could be used 
in the Home, such as food, clothing and mon- 
ey. A meeting was appointed. At the close 
of the Sunday-school on Sunday afternoon, a 
collection was taken up for the Home, and 
the amount of one dollar and fifty cents was 
collected. A brother also presented us with 
one dollar for the same purpose. Sd we ob- 
tained for the Home $2.50. Our visit to the 
Duncansville church was a pleasant one, and 
is associated with pleasant reminiscences. 

J. Q. 



COKRKSPoNDENrE. 



The Cold Wave in Florida. 



The coldest time ever seen in Florida, was 
in 1835, when the mercury went down to 
eight degrees above zero, freezing most of the 
orange trees. 

Last Saturday night, Jan. 9th, it was fear- 
ed that another cold wave was approaching. 
By Sunday morning the mercury at my place 
was down to twenty above zero. Some other 
places it went as low as fourteen. The cold 
lasted four days, being the coldest weather 
seen in Florida for fifty years. Ice in tubs 
formed two inches thick. The ground in 
places froze about two inches. All the or- 
anges and vegetables were frozen, but the 
trees are not likely hurt. The loss on ac- 
count of the oranges freezing, amounts to 
millions upon millions of dollars. Millions 
of ripe, delicious oranges hang frozen on the 
trees. Most of the growers had not yet ship- 
ped their fruit. The loss to them is great, 
but they will, as a rule, be able to stand it, 



and such a thing does not happen more than 
once in a life-time. 

Health is remarkably good. As people 
here do not fix for cold weather, the late cold 
wave set pretty severely on some of them. 
Some of them hardly knew what to make of 
it. Many of them never before saw the like. 
They would have been still more astonished 
if it had snowed. Well, it is all over now. 
Spring will soon be here; then all will be 
lovely again. J. H. Moore. 

Keuka, If la. 



A Donation for the Brethren's Meeting- 
house, at Conway Springs, Kan. 



Although the sister forwarding the 
amount said, "This letter is not for publica- 
tion," I will make an extract from it, because 
it contains such excellent sentiment: 

"I saw, in the G. M., an account of your love- feast, 
and the inconvenience you labored under to do the will 
of our Heavenly Father, or to carry out his ordinances ; 
and it drew forth my sympathy for the loved ones of like 
precious faith. I took my horse and buggy, and went to 

some of the members of the district, of which I 

am a member, to solicit aid for your house of worship. 
* * * Hope you will receive enough to build a house, 
so the good work of our Heavenly Father be not hinder- 
ed . * * * May there be a great ingathering into 
the Master's kingdom, in Southern Kansas." 

The above should be imitated by many, 
and with a little effort much good might be 
done for the Master's cause. 

The originator of the above is sister E. E., 
assisted by sister A. D. Sister C. H. con- 
tributed nobly. God bless all the donors, 
and especially the solicitors. 

The following is a list of donors and 
amount: 
Sister E., Trotwood, Montgomery Co., 

O $1 00 

Sister Amelia C, Trotwood,- Montgom- 
ery Co., 50 

Bro. A. Sanger, Dayton, Montgomery 

Co., 25 

Bro. John Brown, Trotwood, Montgom- 
ery Co., 50 

Bro. Samuel Ullery, Trotwood, Mont- 
gomery Co., 1 00 

Sister Lena, Trotwood, Mont'y. Co. O. . . 1 00 
Sister Elizabeth H , Trotwood, Mont- 
gomery Co., 1 00 

Sister Barbara, Trotwood, Montgomery 

Co., 1 00 

Sister Sillie, Mummaville, Montgomery 

Co., 1 00 

Sister Sarah, Dayton, Mont'y. Co., O. . . 1 00 
Sister Susan, Dayton, Mont'y. Co., O.. . 1 00 
Sister Lydia, Mummaville, Montgomery 

Co., 15 

Sister Susan Smith, Trotwood, Mont- 
gomery Co., 50 

Sister Mary Ann, Dayton, Montgomery 

Co., 1 00 

Bro. Moses, Day too, Mont'y. Co., O. . . . 25 
Sister Kate, Clayton, Mont'y Co., O. . . . 26 
Sister Lizzie, Clayton, Mont'y Co., O. . . 25 
Sister Maria M , Tayloreburg, Mont- 
gomery Co., 50 

Sister Amanda, Taylorsburg, Montgom- 
ery Co., 50 

Sister Lydia, Taylorsburg, Montgomery 

Co., 50 



Sister Margaret, Clayton, Montgomery 

Co., 10 

Bro. Willie, Trotwood, Mont'y. Co., O. . 1 00 
Sister Anna Etter, Dayton, Montgomery 

Co., 1 00 

Sister Anna Denlinger, Dayton Mont- 
gomery Co., 75 

Sister Ida Denlinger, Dayton, Mont'y. 

Co.,0 25 

Sister Susanna Haines, Taylorsburg, 

Mont'y. Co.,0 10 

Sister Ella Bowman, Taylorsburg, 

Mont'y. Co., 10 

Sister Anna Denlinger, Dayton, Mont'y. 

Co.,0 1 00 

Mr. and sister Franc?, Trotwood, Mont- 
gomery Co., 1 00 

Sister Nancy. Taylorsburg, Mont'y. Co., 

81 

Sister Sarah, Trotwood, Mont'y. Co., O. 1 00 
One who gives, Dayton, Mont'y. Co., O. 50 
Bro. Levi, Trotwood, Mont'y. Co., O. . . 25 
Bro. M. M., Dayton, Mont'y. Co., O. . . . 1 00 
Sister Catharine Hoover, Dayton, Mont- 
gomery Co., 5 00 

Total, $27 01 

The above was duly received by me. 

John Wise. 
Conway Springs, Kan. 



From Mili'orcl, Intl. 



Our meeting closed at Nappanee, Ind. 
My former report stated five baptized, two 
applicants, and one reclaimed. Now we can 
chronicle twelve baptized, and two reclaim- 
ed. This work was done by the home minis- 
ters. A motion was put before the members 
at our last council, as to having a series of 
meetings. The request was granted, and the 
next motion was to have the home ministers 
do the work, which was also granted. I am 
of the opinion that such movements are good, 
for reasons- named: 

1. If home ministers conduct their own 
series of meetings, the interest will remain, 
whereas if brethren are called from a distance, 
when they go away, the interest goes too. 

2. Sometimes ministers are taught differ- 
ently as to how such meetings should be con- 
ducted, and if any thing is done at such 
meetings, the members are not accustomed 
to, it sometimes gives dissatisfaction. 

I would urge upon the home minis- 
ters to do their own preaching, and do all in 
their power to hold an interest. 

The members of the Turkey Creek district 
are much revived. "Paul may plant, and 
Apollos water, but God must give the in- 
crease." May the Lord have all the praise, 
and finally save all his people. 

By request of the Brethren of Marshall 
and Stark counties, Ind., I met the Brethren 
of the above named place on the evening of 
the 22nd of Dec, to held a series of meet- 
ings. I remained with the Brethren until 
the evening of the 30th. We baptised two 
and reclaimed two. Our meeting was a lit- 
tle Bethel. Brethren Jacob Appleman of 
Kan., and J. V. Felt house, of Qoshen, Ind,. 
were holding a meeting at the same time, at 
the Union church, some eight miles distant, 



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THE GOSPEL MESBENGEE, 



and the United Brethren held a protracted 
meeting, some two miles away, so our meet- 
ings were small in the beginning, but towards 
the close, were all that could be desired. 

J. H. Miller. 



From the Nevada Church, Mo. 



stroDg in the Lord, is the prayer of your 



The Brethren in quarterly council decided 
to commence a series of meetings in a locali- 
ty where the pure gospel has never been held 
forth as the Brethren understand it. Oar 
dear Bro. Dunning, living near the locality, 
agreed to try and get a house in which to 
preach. He succeeded in getting the Bap- 
tist meeting-house for one week. On Satur- 
day, Dec. 19tb, our dear brother, Eld. Sam- 
uel Click, and another brother started to the 
place of meeting; had services in the evening 
for the first time in that locality. The Word 
was delivered by Bro. Click and his associate, 
with all the power given to them by the Mas- 
ter. It was soon evident that the Father was 
gently drawing some, in order that they might 
come to Jesus, and find rest to their souls. 
Invitations being given, four precious souls 
came forward, confessing Christ, and on 
Tuesday, the 22 ad of Dec, they meekly bow- 
ed in the liquid stream, and were baptized for 
the remission of sins. About this time, it 
became plainly visible, that there was no 
small stir among our Baptist friends, some 
going so far as to say, "Lock the house." 
But better council prevailed, and the house 
was not locked. On the next morning after 
the baptismal services, our dear Bro. Click 
went home. Before meeting in the evening, 
our dear brethren, Eld. Samuel Pheils, and 
Wolf, the latter lately from Maryland, all 
home ministers, came to the assistance of the 
brother. The Word was proclaimed with 
power, and three more came forward. On 
Christmas day two were buried with Christ 
in the liquid stream, and arose, we trust, to 
walk in newness of life. The third one, poor 
lamb, was hindered by her own father in the 
flesh, who, we were told, threatened her life, 
by saying, that if she persisted in it he would 
shoot her and the one that baptized her. The 
youug sister is about sixteen years old. It 
was said that her father was drunk. Let 
that be as it may, she was not permitted to 
be present. Now, dear brethren and sisters, 
under whose eyes this may fall, pour out 
your hearts to God in prayer for this poor, 
persecuted sister, and also for her poor, de- 
luded father in the flesh, that he may be 
brought under the Spirit's power, so that he 
may see the great responsibility he has as- 
sumed, by hindering one of the lambs from 
coming to the fold. Quite a number were 
near the kingdom, some of whom promised 
soon to be with us. 

The Brethren were compelled, very reluc- 
tantly, to close the meetings. They labored 
under a number of disadvantages during the 
meetings, some of which may be a foundation 
for another letter from the writer. Now, 
may the blessings of God rest and abide with 
those new-born babes in Christ, and may 
they be fed with the manna that flows from 
the Word of God, and may it permeate every 
fiber of their soul, that they may become 



humble servant in Christ. 
Nevada, Mo. 



N. Trapp. 



Our Trip to Southern Illinois. 



Having a dear brother, and other relations 
in Marion Co., 111., all of whom I had not 
seen for sixteen years, I made arrangements 
for a trip to that part of God's moral herit- 
age. Found our dear friends all well, and 
truly glad to see us. After spending a few 
pleasant days with them, the next thing in 
order was to find a suitable place to hold a se- 
ries of meetings. We found a Disciple church, 
which was offered to us. Here we commenc- 
ed meeting Saturday evening, Dec. 12. 
Preached in all fifteen sermons, but as our 
faith and practice were entirely new at that 
place, we had to build from the foundation. 
Made a special appointment to set forth our 
faith and practice, at which time the house 
was crowded. We tried, as best we could in 
our weakness, to set forth the principles of 
our faith and practice, for one hour and a 
half, and yet it was not all satisfactory. The 
sermon on baptism was also met with much 
criticism. Some said we unchristianiza ev- 
erybody but ourselves. Others said, they 
never had learned it so. After some time 
the meetings became very interesting, and 
ten precious souls came out and made the 
good confession, to walk in newness of life, 
among whom was one of the most prominent 
Disciples in that section of country, — two 
Cumberland Presbyterians, and others who 
had never made any profession. 

The baptizing was perhaps one of the most 
interesting scenes that ever took place in that 
vicinity, as it was entirely new. Old men of 
renown had never seen the like, and, in fact, 
the great majority had never heard of it, con- 
sequently there was a great number on the 
banks while the baptizing was going on, some 
making light of it, others crying, and a few 
shouting. This was certainly a very inter- 
esting time. There were Disciples, Baptists, 
Methodists, and Cumberland Presbyterians. 
School teachers had dismissed their schools, 
and they, with all their scholars, were on the 
banks, looking on. Our time having expired, 
we had to leave the meeting, with a general 
good feeling prevailing, with a few excep- 
tions. May the good Lord bless the Salem 
church, and especially the dear young lambs 
of the flock, is our prayer. Amen. 

Samuel W. Ulery. 

Camden, Ind. 



Prom Dakota. 



Little has been written from Dakota dur- 
ing the last year. The Brethren around Al- 
pena were organized last summer, a report of 
which was duly published in the G. M. — 
Where the writer lives, things remain as 
they were. We have lost nothing except by a 
few removals. We have tried to preach in 
several places, but when harvest set in we 
were obliged to abandon some of them, inas- 
much as we had no horse to take us to those 
places, and our strength would not permit us 



to walk thither. We hope, however, next 
summer, if health permits, to do more in 
preaching the gospel. Our harvests were 
very good. We had a fine fall, dry roads all 
the time, and, with the exception of two 
weeks, the weather was mild. Much plow- 
ing was done and much wheat marketed. — 
Farmers are generally satisfied with Dakota. 
Those who came here to speculate on public 
lands, hoping to sell them in a short time at 
a high price, or those who expected to raise 
forty bushels to the acre with little cultiva- 
tion, are, of course, disappointed, and take 
back an evil report of the land. 

We have good land here, but it must be 
well plowed and dragged to insure a good 
crop. Dakota is a very healthy country, and 
its springs and falls are unsurpassed. Win- 
ters are pleasanter than in either Iowa or Il- 
linois. Last winter was cold, but as little 
snow fell we were able to get out nearly all 
the time. We hope that brethren who want 
cheap land will not be turned from this fruit- 
ful land, but come among us and help us in 
our work. 

We left home about the 15th of Dec, and 
visited some of our members living around 
Aberdeen. We spent one night with Bro. 
Sam'l Falker, and had we known that their 
new school-house was built, would have made 
arrangements for a week's meeting. We 
made our way from there to Alpena, where 
Bro. B. Miller has oversight. There are fif- 
teen members here. Bro. George Royer, for- 
merly of Mt. Morris, and Isaac Shank, from 
Pennsylvania, are deacons. We held ten 
meetings in their school-house and in Alpe- 
na, a small village near the Brethren. Dur- 
ing our stay, Bro. Miller was called away to 
visit his aged mother, ninety years of age, 
wh) is quite ill, near Lanark, II!. We 
missed him very much, as we had no one to 
help in the meetings. When the preacher 
has to open and close, and preach every 
night, it makes his work considerable. Some- 
times, when no brother will take hold of the 
work, or feels too timid to pray in public, we 
ask some pious man of another denomination 
to close the meeting. This gives offense to 
our brethren, who think our Heavenly 
Father hears no one outside of our belov- 
ed Fraternity. Whether it arises from weak- 
ness of judgment or undue liberality, we 
think the good Lord hears some people's 
prayers outside of us. Weil, we ask such peo- 
ple to aid a little, not treating them as hea- 
then, but as Christian people, needing to be 
taught the way of the Lord more perfectly. — 
We are not in favor of fellowshiping with 
other churches, as such, for then we would 
have to fellowship their fashion, follies and 
conformity to the world. We can kneel in 
prayer with a God-fearing man, even if he 
lacks some of the outer manifestations of the 
inner life. We would suggest to our timid 
brethren to take up their cross, if a cross it 
be, and assist the preacher in prayer, and 
thus the necessity of asking other people to 
assist will be obviated. 

We enjoyed our visit to Alpena. The 
weather was delightful. The mercury rose 
almost every day to 60°, and several nights 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGEE, 



61. 



there was no frost. The Brethren here (in 
Alpena) are well satisfied with Dakota, They 
have a fertile soil, are near a railroad, and 
only sixteen miles from the capital of Dakota 
when it becomes a State. Huron has been 
chosen as the future capital. We hope that 
Brethren will go there soon and aid in creat- 
ing a prosperous church. In spite of mis- 
representations concerning Dakota, people of 
the East are finding out what a magnificent 
country we have. Bailroads are intersecting 
our country, and soon we will have markets 
near us, and a few years will make our State 
one of the leading ones. Towns, school-hous- 
es, and churches are springing up all over 
the land. 

We are now at Nora Springs, and expect 
to hold, in the near future, a series of meet- 
ings here. We pray for our Father's bless- 
ing. James Evans. 



Froni the Belleville Church, Kan. 



It has been a long time since I have writ- 
ten anything for your worthy paper, the Gos- 
pel Messenger, although I love to read its 
pages, and to read the news from the differ- 
ent parts of God's moral vineyard, and of tne 
prosperity of the different churches. Of late 
I have been made to rejoice, with all the oth- 
er brethren and sisters, for some of our com- 
panions have resolved to follow Jesus in all 
his appointed ways. Two weeks ago to-day 
our hearts were made glad to see three pre- 
cious souls promise before God and many 
witnesses, to be faithful until death. For 
the satisfaction of some of our dear brethren 
and sisters in the East, I desire to write this. 
If they will go back with me eighteen years, 
on the 1st of Dec, when my husband brought 
me ten miles to the place of meeting, where 
I was to be baptized, the ice was several 
inches thick, where it was cut open for me to 
go down into the water, and my husband 
thought it was too much for me; but, dear 
brethren and sisters, when we have been 
made willing to take upon us the yoke of 
Christ, and obey the teachings of our blessed 
Master, we will not be afraid of the liquid 
grave. 

The ice was cut for these three precious 
souls to be buried in the baptismal grave. 
Oh! dear brethren and sisters, let us not give 
up when we feel that some are not concerned 
about the conversion of their souls, for that 
is the very time that God's Spirit is striving 
with them. Oh! how many times I have 
prayed for my dear companion, that he might 
be convinced through the preached Word of 
his whole duty, and become willing to obey 
the commandments, and that we might be 
united in the one faith, and walk together, 
blameless before the Lord, and now God has 
answered my prayer, and I do rejoice, and 
while I rejoice, others are rejoicing with me. 
One week ago today^iive more were added 
to the church by baptism. Four young men, 
and one old man, my husband's brother, who 
came from England only a few years ago. One 
young man was one of our brethren's chil- 
dren, and two of them were our neighbor's 
children. The other young man came from 
Nebraska to work for my nephew. He at- 



tended the meetings, and he too was convinc- 
ed that he must be baptized, for the remis- 
sion of his sins. 

Ever since our communion meeting, there 
have been some lasting impressions upon the 
minds of some. Bro. J. D. Trostle's first 
sermon will long be remembered. His text 
was, "Where art thou? ' Oh! we have felt the 
weight of that sermon ever since he came 
among us, and the gospel has been preached 
with such power by Bro. Whitmer and Bro. 
Miller, who have labored with us so long, we 
feel that they have done much for our church. 
We have all been encouraged to press on, 
and never give up until we win the victory, 
and, by our Father's side, sit down. Oh! 
brethren and sisters, let us pray on, and pray 
for others that are counting the cost, that 
they may be gathered into the fold of Christ, 
is the wish of your unworthy sister. 

Catharine Gooch. 



Entered Into Rest. 



Dec. 26, 1885, Silas H. Thomas, aged sev- 
enty-five years. Funeral services were held 
at his late residence, No. 2105 iSf orris street, 
Philadelphia, on Monday evening, Dec. 28, 
Bro. J. K. Keiner presiding. 

Interment at Upper Dublin, on Tuesday, 
Dec. 29, Bro. Israel Poulston presiding. 

"He is not dead but sleepeth." Death to 
him had no terrors. He frequently express- 
ed a desire to depart and be with Christ, say- 
ing, "I know on whom I have believed." The 
portions of Scripture that were read, and the 
hymns that were sung at the funeral services, 
were those selected by himself, and to his 
children he made an especial request, that he 
should belaid to rest in a plain coffia, a plain 
shroud, and have a plain funeral. 

He bore his lingering illness with the ut- 
most patience, and in the end calmly, peace- 
fully closed his eyes as if to say, "All is well." 
As we looked upon his dear, aged face, so 
composed in death, we could but say with 
the poet, "Asleep in Jesus, blessed sleep." 
Mrs. J. S. Thomas. 



Front Lower Cumberland Church, Pa. 



Brother D. F. Stouffer, of Benevola, Md., 
has recently preached, and labored otherwise 
for up, during a series of meetings just con- 
cluded, and as a result of his efforts, combin- 
ed with those of the church, and the power 
of God, we are happy to report the audition 
of fifteen souls to the church. One, a sister 
yet in her teens, who has for a number of 
years been sick and afflicted, so that all hopes 
of her recovery, and even her life had been 
despaired of frequently, but the good Lord 
spared her life, and during the laBt summer 
her health improved sufficiently to enable her 
to sit up iD, and walk about her room, and to 
ride out to visit a few friends, but she was 
still too weak and delicate to attend the 
large and good meetings her friends werp 
attending. She became anxious, and suffi- 
ciently interested to ask for preaching in her 
father's house. On Saturday her request 
was granted, and immediately she expressed 



a desire to follow Jesus. On Monday the 
brethren accompanied her to Boiling Springe, 
a distance of two miles, where she was bap- 
tized. Taking into consideration her youth 
and delicate health, a more resigned, submis- 
sive, meek, and yet, determined and compos- 
ed sister, we never saw in the water. It was 
indeed a very impressive ecene. Sorely God 
who is the most scrutinizing witness of all 
actions, did and will regard her. Though 
much exhauated by the (in her special case) 
trying ordeal, she soon regained her usual 
strength, aad is now gnog oa her way re- 
joicing. J. B. Garver. 
Dec. 24, 1885. 



From Mahoiiiug Church, Ohio. 



The hearts of parents and friends were 
made glad, and to overflow with joy, to see 
nine young people, in the full bloom of life, 
come out in the fear of the Lord, and be bur- 
ied with Christ in baptism, at the Bethel 
house, Mahoning Co., Ohio, as the result of 
meetings held there from Dec. 16 to 22, by 
one of the Lord's good servants, Bro. Jesse 
Calvert. In all, eleven were received and 
baptized during his stay here. The duty ev- 
ery one owes to his Maker, was so forcibly, 
and plainly laid down, that many more had a 
hard struggle to say, "Go away for this time; 
call some more convenient time," forgetful 
that the death messenger cannot be put off 
in this manner. May the Lord bless his good 
servants. Amos Harrold. 



From Upper Middletown Valley Church, 
Maryland. 



Elder D. F. Stouffer, from Beaver Creek, 
came among us, and preached twelve ser- 
mons, in his usual zealous way of preaching, 
and the result was, twenty-two were received 
into the church by baptism, upon three differ- 
ent days, all being young persons. Thus it 
may be seen that the ark of the Lord is mov- 
ing, after many dark clouds have passed, 
which have been hovering over us in the 
past. The church at present seems to be in 
harmony, and a general good feeling prevails, 
not being disturbed in the least by those who 
have left us. This congregation is at pres- 
ent under the oversight of Eld. G. Leather- 
man, assisted by John M. Bussard and Silas 
Harp, in the second degree, and D. S. Wolf, 
in the first degree. Elder L3ithermiu was 
not able to preach, oving to throat trouble, 
but was very prompt in attending appoiut- 
ments, thereby maintaining his zeal in the 
good work. Hope the brethren audsibUis 
will remember Bro. L. in their devotions. 
Martin Gnossnukle. 

Dec. 91, 1*85. 



Love is joy, and all true joy is love. They 
cannot be separated. And Chiiet is an exhi- 
bition to us of this fact in his own person — 
a i vvelation of God's eternal joy. as being a 
revelation of God's eternal love— coming 
down thus to utter iu our ears this glorious 
call, as a voice sounding out of God's eterni- 
ty: "Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." 



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TELE GOSPEL MJESSEJSTGKEIB. 



From Eureka, Greenwood Co., Kan. 



I have been reading a good part of the 
day in the Gospel Messenger, and truly it 
id a messenger of the blessed gospel. Oh! I 
do love to read all the correspondence of so 
many dear brethren and sisters. It does my 
heart good to know our beloved Fraternity is 
awakening more to the missionary cause. Our 
little church here is still alive and prosper- 
ing. There are but few in number, but love 
and union prevail. Bro. Charles Yearout 
was to give an account of our love-feast, but 
he has failed up to this time. Suppose he 
will yet. Hope he will come again and preach 
the Word. I would like to hear from J. and 
N. Perry, as I have forgotten their address. 

B. E. Gillett. 

Dec. 13, 1SS5. 



From Alpena, Jerauld Co., Dak. T'y. 



Our meetings in Jerauld and Beadle coun- 
ties, Dakota, are still in progress. We had 
a very interesting Thanksgiving meeting; 
house crowded, although in the middle of 
the week. We have meeting each alternate 
Sunday in Alpena. At our meeting in the 
country, last Sunday, I consulted my congre- 
gation as to whether we would continue our 
meeting every two weeks, during the cold 
months, to find out the desire of all. I left it 
to a vote, — "All in favor of every two week , 
during the cold time, which lasts about six 
weeks, will please raise the right hand." Ev- 
ery right hand in the house went up. One 
gentleman, from Cedar Bapids, Iowa, said he 
would come to meeting if the mercury would 
be 40° below zero. That is Dakota spirit. 
We always have a go 3d turn-out and fine or- 
der. We had about five inches of snow in 
November. It passed off, and afterwards we 
had pleasant weather. On the mornings of 
Dec. 8 and 12, the mercury was four to eight 
degrees below zero. Since then it has been 
very pleasant. On the 14th, mercury was 
twenty degrees above, and to-day, the 15th, 
thirty- four above. Boads are splendid; farm- 
ers up and doing; health good. The Gospel 
Messenger is a welcome visitor in our fami- 
ly. It gladdens our hearts with its sweet 
rays of gospel light. "United we stand, di- 
vided we fall." May God, in his infinite mer- 
cy, bles3 the editors of the Gospel Messen- 
ger. Amen. B. F. Miller. 



Preach the Gospel. 



"And lie said unto them, Go ye into all the world and 
preach the gospel to every creature. " — Mark 16: 15. 

The above text was brought more forcibly 
to my mind, by Eld. C. H. Kingery and my- 
self having made an appointment at Chetopa, 
a city of some five or six thousand popula- 
tion. This was the first time the Brethren 
ever preached there, if rightly informed. — 
Our appointments were Saturday night and 
Sunday, at 3 P. M., and Sunday evening. As 
the house wo preached in was occupied at 11 
o'clock, Bro. Miles and myself went to hear 
the colored man preach. The colored people 
have two churches in that place, the Meth- 
odist and Baptist. The latter was where we 
were. We had a very soul-stirring sermon 



of fifty-six minutes. Bro. Miles informed me 
they were in a divided state — about half 
claim feet-washing as a church ordinance, 
while the others do not. Now, if they are of 
God's creatures, and have an equal part in 
the text, what have we, as a church, done in 
preaching the gospel to the colored people? 
And if they are to have the gospel preached 
to them, where are those to go? A good 
many places are as we are, our hands tied to 
labor for the support of our families, and 
with what time we can devote, cannot fill all 
the requests of our race. It would take con- 
siderable time Hnd means to go to them to la- 
bor to get a church organized, and it is more 
than one minister can do, and support his 
family; so let the church, as a body, give a 
plan. If they are not included as subjects 
of the text, then drop them at once; but if 
they do, the work should be looked into as 
soon as possible, as other churches are work- 
ing among them, and organizing among them. 
As they seem to be very sincere in their wor- 
ship, they, too, must feel to worship God, 
their Creator, according as the New Testa- 
ment directs, and how can they, unless they 
unite with a body that does ? Now, let us 
hear what the Brethren have to say and ad- 
vise on the subject. 

The Labette church was made to rejoice 
again, to see one more come and join in with 
the people of God, and walk in newness of 
life. Since our communion the church is in 
love and union. Simon Long. 

AUamont, Kan. 



From Swan Creek Church, Ohio. 



God still permits the door of mercy to 
swing on its golden hinges of his redeeming 
love; for the thirsting souls of this part of his 
moral vineyard, slowly, one by one, are 
entering in at the open door, to lean upon 
the strong arm which is ever ready to shield 
and bear them up, through the trying seas of 
trouble. It is only the Christian who can 
look beyond the gathering clouds of trials 
unto the bright star of hope, shedding its 
beacon rays of light and peace. 

On Dec. 12, we commenced a series of 
meetings with the home ministers, and on 
the 17th, Eld. Jeremiah Gump, of Noble Co., 
Ind., came to our assistance, and labored for 
us until the evening of the 27tb, when he left 
for other fields of labor. May heaven's 
choicest blessings go with him wherever he 
goes. While with us, he labored hard for 
the conversion of sinners and the upbuilding 
of this little band of our Heavenly Father's 
children. We were sorry, however, that 
many brethren and sisters, for some cause, 
could not attend our meetings. Those who 
did attend were greatly revived under the 
powerful preaching of Bro. Gump. As the 
immediate result of our meeting, one promi- 
nent man chose that good part that cannot be 
taken from hitn, was buried with Christ 
in baptism, and arose to walk in newness of 
life. God help him, that he will hold out 
faithful to the end, where the crown is prom- 
ised. We expect, the Lord willing, to com- 
mence a aeries of meetings in the east end of 
our church, Jan. 23. David Berkeybile. 



At Home Aj^aiu. 



From Bose Hill, Ohio, Oct. 13, 1885, I was 
conveyed to Union City, Ind., and there, in 
company with Bro. Jacob Beery, boarded the 
train for Independence, Kan. Arrived at the 
latter place at 7: 30 A. M., Oct, 15, where I 
met with the Brethren and preached in the 
evening; also at the same place on the next 
day, aseisted by Bro. Caleb Fogle. On the 
17th, I started from there, in company with 
Bro. J. J. Miller (formerly of Darke county, 
Ohio), and other brethren and sisters in 
Christ, to attend a love-feast at the residence 
of Bro. Terwilliger, in Labette Co., at which 
place we met with a great many brethren and 
sisters. We returned to Independence on 
Sunday, the 18th, and preached in the church 
that evening, to a large and attentive congre- 
gation. On the 19th, preached at a frame 
school-house on Potato Creek, eight miles 
south-east of Independence. 

On the 21st, preached in a school-house 
called Fairview, eight miles west of Inde- 
pendence. From Independence came to the 
Neosha church, where the Brethren were 
holding a series of meetings. Met on Satur- 
day, the 24th, at 3 P. M., being the day set 
apart for the love- feast; preaching by breth- 
ren George Studebaker and J. B. Lair. It 
was a meeting long to be remembered by all. 
On the morning of the 26th, I took the train 
for Cherry Vale, about thirty miles distant. 
Here we met with the Brethren and preach- 
ed to them on the evenings of the 26th and 
27th. On the morning of the 28th, took the 
train for Independence. At this place we re- 
mained and held meetings; also in the neigh- 
boring school- houses, until Nov. 13. From 
this young city of the West, we, in company 
with Bro. John J. Miller, sister Miller, Bro. 
John McGee, sister McGee, and others, took 
conveyance and went twelve miles west, to a 
large stone school-house, near the residence 
of our brother, William Murkey, where I 
spoke to a large and very attentive assembly 
of people, apparently anxious to hear the ho- 
ly words of our blessed Lord and Master. 

On the morning of the 14th, in company 
with the aforesaid Brethren, we went to the 
town of Fredonia, Wilson county. Here the 
Brethren met in the capacity of a love- feast, 
where we all had a very pleasant time and a 
good meeting together. It was one long to 
be remembered by all, on account of the out- 
pouring of the Spirit of the Lord upon the 
heads of his people. 

On the eveningof the 15th I took my leave 
of the good people here. On our journey 
home we had a happy meeting at a place 
known as the Log-bell school-house. From 
this place we returned to the residence of our 
brother, Jolin J. Miller, near Independence. 
Nov. 18, we took the train at Independence 
for our homes in Ohio, and arrived at Union 
City on the evening of the 19th, where I was 
joyfully met by my dear ones at home. I 
herewith return my most sincere thanks to 
the good people with whom it was my good 
fortuue to meet, both in the State of Kansas 
and all along the journey. 

M. D. Roberts. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



63 



MTBM ONIAL . 

KAUFFMAN - SANSMAN— In the Lost Creek congre- 
gation, Juniata Co., Pa., Sept. 27, 1*85, by the under- 
signed, at his residence, Bro . Solomon M. Kanffman 
and sister Kate J. Sansman. S. W. Kauffman. 

FOLK— LIVENGOOD.— At the residence of the bride's 
parents, in Salisbury, Somerset Co., Pa., Dec 31, 1885, 
by the undersigned, Mr. John W. Folk and sister Ma- 
ry J. Liyengood. R. T. Pollard. 

GRADY— PHEILS— At the residence of the bride's pa- 
rents, Vernon Co., Mo., Dec. 20, 1885, by Eld. H. J. 
Wolf, Mr. Andrew Grady, of LaGrange Co., Ind., and 
sister Frances, eldest daughter of Eld. Samuel Pheils, 
of this county. 

KEIM— TIPTON.— At the residence of the bride's par- 
ents, Dec. 24, 1885, by Rev. J. K. Spencer, of the U. 
B. church, Mr. J. C. .Keim and Miss Annie A. Tipton, 
both of Westphalia, Anderson Co., Kan. 

J. S. Keim. 

MURRAY — HALL. — At the residence of the bride's par- 
ents, Dec. 20, by the undersigned, Almon G. Murray 
and sister Minnie Hall, all of Fulton Co., 0. 

David Bkhkeybile. 

THURMAN — BYERLY.— At Ihe Keighley school- 
house, Dec. 24, by the undersigned, Bro. Charlie G. 
Thurman and sister Mary E. Byerly, all ef Butler Co., 
Kan. Chas. M. Yearotjt. 

SALE-BASHOR— Jan. 11, Bro. James E. Sale and 
Bister Cordelia Bashor, both of Nodaway Co., Mo. 

S. A. HONBERGER. 

KLEPINGER-BOCK.— At the home of the bride's par- 
ents, Dayton, 0., Dec. 24, Bro. Will H. Klepinger and 
sister Annetta Bock. 
The occasion will be remembered as a very pleasant 

one. Ceremony by Eld. Geo. Holler. 

WENGER -KLEPINGER.— At the home of the bride's 
parents, near Dayton, Ohio., Dec. 31, by Eld. John 
Smith, Mr. Jas. F. Wenger and sister Mary C. Klep- 
inger. 
The above brother an 1 sister are members of Bro. 

William Klepinger's family. 0. Perry Hoover. 

FALLEN ASLEEP. 

" Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord." 

WALKER. — In the Brothers' Valley congregation, Som- 
erset Co , Pa , Dec. 27, 1885, Bro. Daniel P. Walker, 
aged 76 years, 9 months and 29 days. 
He leaves a widow and seven children. One daugh- 
ter preceded him to the spirit world. He was a member 
of the Brethren Church for many years, and served in 
the ministry for more than twenty-five years. Funeral 
services by the writer, atsisted by Eld. George Schrock 
and Samuel Regman. Valentine Plough. 

WOGOMON— In Elkhart church, Elkhart Co., Ind., 
Dec. 25, 1885, of consumption, Bro. David Wogomon, 
son of Bro. David and sister E. Wogomon, aged 19 
years, G months and 21 days. Jos. S. Culp. 

BIGELOW— In the Salimony church, Huntington Co., 

Ind., Jan. 4, 1886, Bro. Samuel Bigelow, aged 27 

years, 7 months and 11 days. 

He leaves a mother, two brothers and one sister to 

mourn their lo?s. His father and one sister preceded 

him. He died with the dread disease, consumption.— 

Funeral services conducted by the writer. 

Samuel Murray. 
CLINE.— In the Giernmount congregation, Dec. 16, of 
jaundice Bro. Martin G. Cline, aged 46 years and 5 
days. 
He leaves a wife and ten children to mourn their 
loss. The church has lost a faithful member, the com- 
panion a kind and affectionate husband, the children a 
kind and loving father. We trust their loss is his eter- 
nal gain. Funeral services by 8. F. Sanger, from Deut. 
32: 11, 12, to a laree and sympathizing congregation. 

J ac on A. Gakrer. 

ARNSBARGER.— At his residence near Rockwell City, 
Norton Co., Kan., D-c. 14, Eld. Jacob Arnsbarger, 
aged.66 yeara.and some days. 



In his younger days he was a class-leader in the 
Methodist church in the State of Ohio. In the same State 
he also united with the Brethren. About 6ix years ago 
he moved to Webster Co., Neb., and was ordained bish- 
op at Burr Oak, Kan., by Eld. John Forney, about Jan- 
uary 1882. In the spring of 1884, he moved from Web- 
ster Co , Neb., to Norton Co., Kan., to take charge of 
the church, which he did to the time of his death. He 
leaves two sons and the church to mourn his departure. 
He died in faith of the gospel. M. Lichty. 

HINER. — In the bounds of the Roann congregation, 

Ind., Dec. 25, friend John Hiner, aged 35 years, 9 

months and 11 days. 

He leaves an aged mother, a sister in the church, a 

companion and three little children, and many friends to 

mourn his departure. It was a sad Christmas for the 

family. Funeral services on Sunday, the 27th, at the 

Brethren's church at Roann, by the writer and others, to 

a very large assembly of sympathizing friends. 

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THE GOSPEL MESSENGKER. 



Special Notice. 

Contemplating a trip West, I 
desire to correspond with arsy 
members who may live in King- 
man, Harper, Pratt or Barbour 
counties, Kan. As I contemplate 
going soon, nothing hindering, 
you wili please write as soon bs 
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shall try to arrange to preach 
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Fraternally Yours, 
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Laneville, Kan. 

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•' Altoona 

" Huntingdon . 
" Harrisburg... 
" Philadolphia. . 
" New York 


LveNew York .... 
" Philadelphia' 
" Harris urg.. . 
" Huntingdon.. 
" Altoona ... 
" Johnstown... 
" Pittsburgh... 

" Ft. Wayne... 

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Monday;Si)aily except Saturday. 

|y Pullman Palace Sloeping and Hotel 
Cars through between Chicago and New York 
and Day Couches between Chicago and Pitts- 
burgh without change. E. A. FORD, 
Wm. A. Baldwin, Oen'l Pass.Agt 
Manager 

P1TTORUROH 



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AH there is a great demand from sisters and 
others for tight fitting, pliiin Cloaks or 
Ulsters, I have arranged to lappl] tl 
mand nt prices from $2.00 to $8 00 Ipfb than 
they can be bought anywhere else, i tell them 
<>n the lame terma ai the liietliren's Plain 
Clothing and Hats For Uaaaariog lihmks 
and Prices addresB B. A BAMUELL, 

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CENTURY PLANT REMEDIES, 
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SEEDS 



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DIME [nor stamps] < I 
will send you my rtLED 
ANNUAL with Prize Estay 
on celery growing, and a beautiful colored 
plate. Also for 3 1-eettt stamps addi- 
tional, I will m«ke yon a present of 1 pat. each 
choice SEED NOVELTIES. Snow Queen To- 
mato [pu, e white when ripe, a perfect beauty], 
Xeir Tomato, Gold linst (bright red; 
smooth as an apple, beautifully dotted with 
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of golddnsll. Early Summer Cabpage [needs 
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sies [loveliest strain of pansies in nxisteiT'eJ. 
All tlie above to you for a Itime and 5 
t-eent Stamps. As this is a special offer 
to my brethren and sisters, please say j ou saw 
this notice in the tiosrEL Messenoek. Any 
one sending me a club of 7 on the Hbove offer 
will get his own collection free of charge- 
Will commence mailing catalogue and seeds 
1st week in February. Address 

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HUNTINGDON AND BUOAD TOP 
MOUNTAIN RAILROAD. 

The following schedule want into effect on 
the Huntingdon and Broad Top Mountain B. 
B. on Monday, May 14th, 1883. 



LEAVE SOUTH 




LEAVE NOBTH. 


Mail 


Exp'ss 


STATIONS. 


Exp'ss 


Mail 


P.M. 


A. M. 




P.M. 


P.M, 


6 05 


8 85 


.. .Huntingdon.. . 


5 55 


12 40 


3 15 


8 50 


McConnelUtown 


5 40 


12 80 


6 22 


8 55 




5 85 


12 25 


6 85 


9 06 


. . . Marklesburg . . 


5 25 


12 11 


fl 48 


9 15 


. . . Coffee Bun . . . 


5 15 


12 qs 


6 50 


9 21 


Bough and Heady 


5 09 


11 57 


R 57 


9 29 


Cove 


5 01 


11 50 


7 00 


9 38 


Fishor's Summit 


4 58 


11 45 


7 in 


9 41 


Saxton 


4 48 


11 88 


7 25 


9 55 


. . . Biddlesburg . . 


4 35 


11 20 


7 80 


10 00 




4 29 


11 51 


7 40 


10 10 


.. .Piper's llun.. 


4 17 


ii or 


7 51 


10 21 


Tatesville... 


4 07 


10 52 


8 02 


10 80 


Everett 


8 58 


10 48 


8 05 


10 40 


...Mt. Dallas.... 


8 55 


10 44 


R 25 


11 00 


Bedford 


8 80 


10 02 


10 00 


12 S5 


Cumberland... 


1 55 


8 Of 


P.M. 


P.M. 




P.M. 


A. M' 



PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD 
TIME TABLE. 

On Monday. June 5th, 18R5, the following 
schedule went into effect on the PonnsylvanU 
Railroad: 

TBAINS WESTWAKD. 
Leavo Huntingdon. Arrive Pittsbgh. 

Pacific Express, 25 P. M 1 85 P. M. 

Mail 2 14 P.M 8 54 A.M. 

Past Line : 30 P.M 11 55 P. M. 

TBAINS EASTWARD. 
Leave Huntingdon. Arrive Phil'ds 

Johnst'n Exp'ss, 835 A. M 4 40 P.M. 

Day Express... 12 50 P.M. 6 30 P.M. 

Mail 3 25P.M. H'bg., 7 05P.M. 

Mail Kxpress . .8 05 P. M 4 25 A. M. 

Day Express east leaves Pittsburgh nt 8: 00 
\. M Altoona, 11:50 P M., Huntingdon, 
12: 50 P.M , Harrisburg. 3: 20 P.M., and ar- 
rives at Philadelphia at 6 : 50 P. U . 

Philadelphia Express east, leaves (except 
Sunday) Pittsburgh at 5:00 P.M., Altoona, 
9:20P M., Huntingdon, 10:80P. M., Harris- 
burgh, 1: 20 A. M., and arrives at Philadelphia 
at 4: 25 A.M. 

J. H WOOD. 
II1AS K PUUH. Gen'l lass. Ag'i 

Qon'l Manager 

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NOTICE. 



I will say to the Brethren and the public 
in general, that the 'Lccatikg Agency" 
in Newton, Ha- vey Co , Kan., is still in 
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Any on<" desiring land ok homes in 
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Box 320. Newton, Kan. 

THOSE WH0 be liive that Nature 
B BaWWfa Wl |j y^k ff a Cough or a 

Cold should understand thai this MAY be 
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Chicago and Topeka, 
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The Gospel Messenger 



"Set for the Defense of the Gospel.' 



Entered at the Post-Office at Mt. Morris, 111. 
as Second Class Matter. 



Vol. 24, Old Series. 



Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Feb. 2, 1886. 



No. 5 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



H. B. BRUMBAUGH, Editor, 

And Buslnoss Manager of the Eastern House, Box 60, 

Huntingdon, Pa. 



Bbo. Brice Sell, of Newry, Pa., has been preach- 
ing for the Woodbury Brethren, during last week. 
One addition, thus far, has been reported. 



The Brethren at McVeytown, Pa., propose be- 
ginning a series of meetings, commencing on Sat- 
urday, the 14th of February. A special invitation 
is extended to ministers. The meetings will be 
held at the Spring Run church, near McVeytown. 



Bro. Isaac Frantz, of the Newton, Ohio, church, 
says that they are enjoying a spiritual feast. Bro. 
Landon West is with them, and Bro. R. H. Miller 
is expected. These are both good workmen for 
the Lord, and we hope that good results will fol- 
low. Hoist high the banner and loudly proclaim 
Christ, the friend of sinners. 



Some of our Brethren, in sending notices of ad- 
ditions to the church, state, so many from the Bap- 
tists, Progressives, Methodists, etc. Now, we are 
not at all sure that there is any advantage in spec- 
ifying reports in this way. It is a modest way of 
boasting that we do not feel to commend. What 
we want, is to save sinners, independent of from 
whence they come. 



Bro. J. H. Moore, of Keuka, Fla., says that, dur- 
ing the cold snap the thermometer got down to 20 
degrees above zero, and that the oranges on the 
trees are all frozen, so that we can have no more 
Florida oranges till some more grow. Bro. Moore 
ought to know that Florida frosts do not hurt 
the Florida oranges that grow in California and 
other places. Our oranges are all Florida "sweets," 
and yet some of them make the mouth pucker to 
eat them. 

Our motto always has been, Let other people and 
churches alone as much as possible, and preach the 
gospel. In giving church news, we wish our con- 
tributors would do the same thing. Be sure and 
do not exaggerate, and never write as facts what 
you receive from report. The church and the 
world are bad enough, and we should not try to 
make either appear worse than what they really 
are. We can never make the world good by adver- 
tising its faults. 



OLD FOLKS' HOME. 



On this subject we have given some thoughts 
for years, and the more we become acquainted with 
the wants of old people, the more interest we feel 
in it. During Bro. Emmert's last visit, we had the 
subject under consideration, as we have had at dif- 
ferent times before, and together we concluded 
that the time had come that a move should be 
made. When we speak of an interest In this sub- 
ject, Bro. Emmert and ourself do not want it 
understood that we are alone in the consideration 
of so important a work, as there are hundreds of 
others that are heart and soul in sympathy with 
the cause. 

When we speak of our Old FolkB* Home, we do 
not mean an alms-house, where paupers are indis- 



criminately placed with the common tramp, the 
impoverished drunkard and the imbecile, but a real 
genuine Christian home for the physical and spir- 
itual comfort of our aged and decrepit brethren 
and sisters, who have no convenient home of their 
own— a home where they can be among their own 
people, enjoy the religious services of their own 
church, and feel that they are not intruders but 
welcome guests, to remain until they are removed 
to their heavenly home that God has provided for 
them. The one should be, if not a type, a shadow 
of the other. 

That a home of this kind would be in harmony 
with the spirit and teachings of the gospel, needs 
no argument. Every Christian heart will respond 
a hearty assent, as we cannot fulfill the law of 
Christ while some of our brethren and sisters are 
incarcerated in the alms-house, or in other houses 
and places where they are boarded by contract, be- 
reft of every feeling of home and church privileg- 
es, and always in the way, or living to the discom- 
fort of somebody else. We do not wonder that our 
poor members shudder at the thought of being 
placed in the alms-house, and we cannot help but 
feel that such a disposition of our poor is a burn- 
ing disgrace to the church. We cannot put them 
there and fulfill, towards them, the golden rule, 
which requires us to do unto others as we would 
have them do to us, and yet, with our present 
church provisions, there seems to be no other way. 

Under the administration of our old brethren, 
such a thing was not allowed. We remember when 
such poor were boarded around in members' fami- 
lies; each family that was able to do so, kept them 
four weeks, when they were sent off to another 
family, and so kept on the round. While this is 
better and more Christian-like than to send them 
to the alms-house, yet the system is not a good one, 
and has many objections to it. Our brethren and 
sisters, we believe, all feel the difficulties which 
we labor under as a church, towards our homeless 
and aged, but do not clearly see a remedy, or their 
duty in the matter, as what would be the best 
thing to do under existing circumstances. 

The best solution to the problem that we can 
see, would be to provide suitable homes. We are 
aware that it is much easier to arrive at such con- 
clusions than it is to carry them out. But we have 
such implicit faith in the charity of our people that 
we feel that all that is necessary is to have the 
matter fairly presented and understood. 

The first essential thing, then, is a plan to set the 
work in motion. Our plan would be, for the pres- 
ent, not to trouble District and Annual Meeting 
with it, but let the move be set on foot by those 
who feel a special interest in the work. Upon 
them will fall the initiatory steps, at any rate, and 
by going into the work, in this way, there will be 
no dead weights to hold back. As the work, 
through its own merits, commends itself, friends 
will gather to its support, and thus it can be made 
to grow in size as it grows in strength. We ha\ e, 
to-day, brethren and sisters who have moans, and 
yet, under existing circumstances, have not suita- 
ble or congenial Christian homes. Some of these 
would invest part of what they have in a home of 
this kind. What they want is a Christian home in 
which to stay while life lasts, and in a place where 
they could have the assurance of enjoying this, 
they would gladly invest what they have, or, at 
least, a goodly part of it. Let such parties make a 
move, or show a willingness to co-operate with 
those who are interested in the move. Such per- 



sons would greatly add to their present comfort 
and spiritual enjoyment by placing themselves in 
a home where they would be surrounded by proper 
Christian influences, and where they could live 
without being a burden to their friends or others. 

We have another class who have dependent 
friends in whose comfort and welfare they are in- 
terested, yet their family circumstances are such 
as makes it unsuitable to take them into their own 
homes and families. Such brethren and sisters 
would gladly contribute to a home where such 
friends could go and be pleasantly surrounded. — 
A home of this kind would be more eongenial to 
them than would be possible any where else out- 
side of the families of their special friends. 

Another class are those to whom God has given 
means and such great, large hearts as will not^_ 
allow them to be happy unless they can make oth-£ 
ers happy. There t is a principle that seems to ben- 
born in some people, that gives happiness by shar-^c 
ing with others — and a great pity it is that it watfg 
not born in all of us. They are waiting for an op-p. 
portunity of this kind, and we want them to haveL 
it soon. g 

One more class we name, and to it belong those 
whom the Lord has richly blessed with this world's 
goods, They are desirous of laying up some treas- 
ures in heaven, and are not certain as to the best 
place to put it. These charitable institutions are 
most excellent banks for deposits of this kind, as 
the principal and interest will not be drawn until 
we get on the other side of the river. There, to 
such it will be said, "Inasmuch as ye have done it 
to one of these, the least of my disciples, ye have 
done it unto me." 

Brethren, let us hurry up with some of these 
banks, or else, when some of us get "over there," 
we will be such miserable paupers that heaven will 
have no place for us. Think of men and women 
robbing God their whole life-time, and then expect 
to be rewarded for it in heaven! We fear that 
many of us are nothing better than religious idi- 
ots. He that watereth shall be watered, and the 
liberal soul shall be made fat. 

The next thought is, How many of these homes 
do we need? In starting Christian enterprises of 
this kind, we must remember that "great trees 
from little acorns grow," and the trees should not 
be planted too thickly, either. To begin with, one 
or two, at most, will be sufficient — one Baal and 
one West. They should be started on the acorn 
principle, so that there will be room for develop- 
ment and growth. Had the Orphans' Home, that 
stands beyond the Normal, an honor to its found- 
er and friends, been started in full blast at its pres- 
ent size and with its present equipments, it would 
have been dead long before this. In its smallness 
and weakness it gathered its sympathy and 
strength. Small trees are easily planted, and al- 
most certain to grow, while large ones are ver\ 
dillicult to plant, and die easily. These homes can 
be planted as readily as we can plant trees, if we 
go at it in the right way. The plant is a good ( no. 
and the soil we have. From each one a shovelful, 
followed with good culture, and they will grow to 
the comfort of the people, to the honor of the 
church, and to the glory of God. 

As to the location for the first Old folks' Home, 
we nominate Huntingdon. We have good rail- 
road facilities, beautiful location, good health, 
good water, good morals, and a suitable building 
that can be had on most favorable terms. The 
subject, brethren and sisters, is now before you. 
what have you to say } 



66 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGEE, 



ESSAYS. 



Study to show thyself approyed unto God, a workman that 

needeth not be ashamed, rightly diriding the 

Word of Truth. 



FORGIVENESS. 



BX CLARA D. STOUFFEB. 



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"Forgive u* our debts as we forgive oar debtors."— Matt. 6: 

Forgive and forget, no matter who wronged you, 
Or injured with malice, or envy, or threat. 

Don't stop to think over the trials that thronged you, 
Look forward and seek all past ills to forget. 

Forgive and forget, your hopes may be blighted, 
And friendship you trusted all else would outlive, 

May sadly have failed you, but though you are slighted 
By those you held truest and dearest, forgive. 

Forgive and forget, your heart may be weary 
With burdens, your eyelids with tears may be wet, 

Though others' unkindness makes all your life dreary, 
Oh! freely forgive them and try to forget. 

Forgive and forget, while sadly you wander, 
Disheartened, discouraged, nor stop to regret 

All your troubles, but look to that fair country yonder, 
Where Christ all your sins will forgive and forget. 

Huntsdale, Pa., Jan. 14. 



CONFIDENCE, 



BY J. E. EBEBSOLE. 



Confidence is defined as being belief in 
the reality of a fact, or the integrity and ve- 
racity of another, and has for its foundation, 
principles which are the essence of man's 
character, or the man, as seen through his 
dealings. It is built upon human frailties 
and shortcomings. 

In the political world, it is often betrayed, 
because the motive of the person, in whom it 
is placed, is not pure. In the Church, confi- 
dence may be destroyed when 

POLICY 

the near relative of principle, rules. In that 
case, it is generally dictated by others, and 
what might be considered a weakness upon 
the part of the members, is only a lack of 
confidence in the integrity and ability of the 
person who would resort to such methods. 
Another motive governing man sometimes 
is 

self, 

which is prompted by a desire to choose the 
"uppermost seats," and wield power, regard- 
less of the means employed, resting, in fan- 
cied security, upon a structure, built out of 
the rubbish and refuse of human vanity and 
ambition, promptings of man, which shall 
finally crumble down and prove unto him 
a sepulcher, where, in his silent meditations, 
he shall see his own shame and nakedness. 
Therefore abide the three motives, princi- 
ple, policy, and self. The greatest of these 
is principle upon which rests our confi- 
dence. 



INSPIRATION OF ALL THE SCRIPT- 
URES. 



BY PETEB BBOWEB. 



There is a large class of people, who ad- 
mit the truth of the Bible narratives as a 
whole, but deny that they are inspired of 
God. 



Some, again, claim that certain parts are a 
revelation from God, and would modify and 
explain away a large portion of their contents 
as only gotten up by men, and marred by 
imperfections, hence not agreeing with their 
view of the same. 

To such we will offer a few remarks, rea- 
soning mostly from the Scriptures themselves. 
A large part of the Old and New Testament 
Scriptures consists of what are positively 
declared to be messages or instructions from 
God. 

The apostle Paul gives to the whole Old 
Testament Scriptures, the familiar name, the 
"Oracles of God." 

He claims inspiration for the whole Old 
Testament Scriptures, then known as the 
"Holy Scriptures." The apostle Peter had 
the same view, saying, "Por the prophecy 
came not in olden times by the will of men, 
but holy men of God spake as they were 
moved by the Holy Ghost." In the New 
Testament, the words of Christ himself come 
with full divine authority, "For he, whom 
God hath sent, speaketh the words of God, 
for God giveth not the Spirit by measure 
unto him. 

This was also confirmed by his apostles, 
guided by the Spirit of Truth, which brought 
all things to their remembrance. Paul 
claims inspiration. 1 Cor. 2: 13. 

The apostle Peter ranks the Epistles of 
Paul with the other Scriptures, ascribing 
them unto the "wisdom given unto Paul." 2 
Peter 3: 16. The apostle John, in his Revela- 
tion, repeatedly exhibits his divine commis- 
sion, and in closing the words of his proph- 
ecy, solemnly threatens, with the wrath of 
God, any one who should add to or take away 
from them. 

In Mark, Luke, and Jude as well as all 
through the Scriptures of divine truth, we 
find conclusive evidence that they are the in- 
spired word of God. 

Another evidence that they are inspired 
of God, is, that man cannot exhaust their 
fountain of knowledge. When we read any 
of the modern writers a few times, we have 
all the information that we can obtain from 
them. Not so with the Scriptures, we can 
do our duty in studying them from youth to 
old age, and never exhaust their store of 
spiritual food. But through the goodness 
of God enough is revealed unto us in all gen- 
erations to effect our salvation, by obedience 
unto the same. 

All modern discoveries have only confirm- 
ed the Scriptures instead of contradicting 
them, so much so that it is impossible for 
them to be overthrown by future discoveries 
in the same direction. 

If man must be left to pick out and divide 
from the Scripture what is inspired and nec- 
essary to be obeyed, he is little better off 
than the heathen were, years before Christ's 
time. Many persons conceive that there are 
mistakes in the Scriptures, or things contra- 
dictory. It is certainly very dangerous to en- 
tertain Buch a thought. Our minds are too fi- 
nite to comprehend the wisdom of God. No 
Scripture is of any private interpretation, but 
we must interpret Scripture by Scripture. 



Many of the mistakes in regard to chrono- 
ology etc., can be reconciled when we 
consider the ancient, incomplete way of com- 
puting time, at the beginning or end, as if 
the period was complete. 1 Kings 15: 33, and 
16: 6, 8, 10, also Matt. 12: 40, and 28: L— 
The ancient Romans and Hebrews counted 
the third day, which we should call the sec- 
ond, Sunday would be the third day after 
Thursday, etc. In comparing relations, 
we find they were called brethren and sisters 
when they were only near kinsmen. Gen. 12: 
5, and 13: 8. 

One grand reason why we should obey the 
gospel is, where the Scriptures have been 
known, loved, and obeyed, the Christian re- 
ligion Jia9 flourished, yea, more even, the na- 
tions have flourished the best under the light 
of the go3pel. We see a vast difference be- 
tween the nations under the influence of the 
gospel and those groveling in heathen dark- 
ness. Remove the influence of the gospel, 
and Satan would have full sway. As the in- 
fluence of the gospel decreases, idolatry and 
wickedness increase. The reverse is also true. 
The more we can instil of the life-giving 
principle of the gospel, into the human mind, 
the less the inclination to do evil, which 
fact alone is worthy of our sincere considera- 
tion. 

The consistency of the Scriptures with 
themselves, and with other known truths, is 
indeed wonderful, when we remember that 
nearly sixteen hundred years intervened be- 
tween the beginning and the end of commit- 
ting them to writing. And they were writ- 
ten by men hundred of miles apart; by men 
of different stations in life, and different 
languages. Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, 
David on the throne of Israel, Daniel in the 
palace of Babylon, Ezekial among the exiles 
by the river Chebar, Amos among the herds- 
men of Tekoa, and Paul in the prison of 
Rome. Through all their writings we 
see that they were inspired of God, which 
was no more impossible than any other mira- 
cle. 

South English, Iowa. 



A QUERY.— REPLY. 



BY NOAH LONGANECKER. 

In No. 7, 1885, of the Golden Dawn, ap- 
peared the following query: "Are we, as fol- 
lowers of Christ Jesus, enjoined to obey all 
that he commanded the apostles to do, or only 
those commands given us by the apostles as 
they received them from the Lord?" If we 
are not to obey all he commanded the apos- 
tles, and yet more than the apostles, com- 
manded, where shall we draw the dividing 
line? And if we are to obey only those com- 
mands which the apostles have given us as 
they were commissioned of the Lord to give 
unto us, it is unnecessary and superfluous to 
observe anything further. And not only 
that, but also dangerous for the church to 
make any such requirements of its mem- 
bers." Wo are requested to give our views 
through the Gospel Messenger, hence this 
article. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGEE. 



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We deem the question an important one, 
and the answer of vital importance. We 
feel deeply serious in our remarks, knowing 
the great responsibility resting upon us. — 
May the divine Spirit indite and guide. The 
first and great commandment is, "thou shalt 
love the Lord, thy God, with all thy heart, 
and with all thy soul, and with all mind, and 
with all thy strength." Again, "This is the 
love of God, that we keep his command- 
ments." Again, "He that hath my command- 
ments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth 
me." Christ asks the question, "Why call 
ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things 
which I say?" Again, he compares those 
who hear his sayings and do them to wise 
men; but he that heareth them and doeth 
them not, he compares to a foolish man, 
whose end will be ruin. And to sum the 
matter up, we read, "Blessed are they that do 
his commandments, that they may have right 
to the Tree of Life, and may enter in 
through the gates into the city." Thus we 
may go on and quote passage after passage 
to show that only those who obey the com- 
mandments of the Lord, are happy and will 
fare well in the end. These sayings, these 
commandments, were to be recorded. Jesus 
said, "The Comforter, which is the Holy 
Ghost, whom the Father shall send in my 
name, he shall teach you all things, and 
bring all things to your remembrance, what- 
soever I have said unto you." Now we ask 
the question, "Where are those things record- 
ed?" The Gospels by Matthew, Mark, Luke, 
and John, contain a great part of them. We 
say a great part, for the Acts of the Apos- 
tles, the Epistles, and the Revelation, al- 
though in the main illustrative and explan- 
atory of what is recorded in the above nam- 
ed Gospels, yet contain some additional 
truths, especially the Revelation. Here is 
one in the Acts, "It is more blessed to give 
than toreoeive." Paul did not receive, what 
he taught, from man, neither was he taught 
it, but reoeived it by the revelation of Jesus 
Christ. So also the Revelation of John. — 
Taking the four Gospels, the Acts of the 
Apostles, the Epistles, and the Revelation, 
we have what is implied in the following: 
"Blessed are they that do his commandments 
that they may have right — or power — to the 
tree of life, and may enter in through the 
gates into the city." These, and nothing 
short of these contain those commands given 
us by the apostles as they received them from 
the Lord." All those commands contained 
in these writings we are required to observe. 
But the honest Bible student will observe the 
following: 

First, That there is a great deal of beautiful 
history contained in the New Testament; of 
God, of Christ, of heaven, of hell, of angels, 
of men, etc, etc. 

Second, That there are contained a great 
many graphic propheoies in the New 
Testament. 

Third, That the New Testament contains 
a great many commands of a local nature. 
Here is probably where the great difficulty 
presents itself to the querist, and many 
others. Commands of a local nature may 



terminate with the person and place to 
which they refer, or they may not, as God in 
his divine providence may decide, but the 
principle taught in the lesson or command, 
will always be the same. If local matters 
ever demand the repetition of observing such 
commands, they must be observed; if not, 
they cannot be observed literally, even if we 
would desire to do so; but the principle must 
ever be observed and believed. To illus- 
trate: When Jesus sent forth two of his dis- 
ciples to a place where two ways met, etc., 
he gave them a command of a local nature, 
and to observe that command literally now, 
may be an impossibility, but the principle 
taught in the lesson should never be forgot- 
ten. Let all lovers of Jesus and humanity 
observe it faithfully. Again, Christ com- 
manded his disciples to tarry at Jerusalem 
until they were endued with power from on 
high. This was a command of a local nature, 
and the literal observance of it may or may 
not be repeated, but the great discipline 
taught in the command is one of the powers 
of the Christian church. May the Lord 
help his people to believe and observe it. 
To tarry at Jerusalem, was a local command, 
but as God designs that we all should re- 
ceive the Holy Ghoet, and by one Spirit be 
baptized into one body, he has given a com- 
mand which is general, and not local. Let 
us notice a passage which will show the dif- 
ference between a local and a general com- 
mand. Take for illustration, Luke 22: 7, 20. 
As far as entering into the city, and meeting 
a man bearing a pitcher of water, and fol- 
lowing him into the house, and being shown 
a large room furnished, are concerned, these 
are all things of a local nature, and they 
may or may not be repeated as far as place 
and circumstances are concerned, but when 
we come to those commands referring to the 
ordinances of God's house, we find them to 
be not local, but general; therefore, not for 
an individual person, or persons, but for all 
men of all ages. As to the local, time, place, 
circumstances, etc., will control them, but 
the general, never. The bread and wine of 
the Communion will be and remain the same 
to all persons, at all times, at all places, un- 
der all circumstances. 

The sanctuary, the private house, the barn, 
the "dug out," the groves, etc., may mold the 
local, but the general never. In the passage 
under consideration, feet-washing, the Lord's 
supper, and the communion, will ever remain 
the same. This accounts for the apostles 
being silent about the "large upper room" 
in the Acts and their Epistles. But they are 
not silent about the Communion, Lord's Sup- 
per, and Feet-washing. Of the Lord's Sup- 
per and the Communion, Paul writes, "I 
have reoeived of the Lord that which also I 
delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the 
same night in which he was betrayed, took 
bread, and when he had given thanks, he 
brake it, and said, Take, eat, this do in re- 
membrance of me. After the same manner 
also he took the cup, when he had supped, 
saying, This oup is the New Testament in 
my blood, this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in 
remembrance of me." "Drink ye all of it," 



and "as oft as ye drink it," show that it is 
not only designed for all, but also to be per- 
petuated. Luke says that Christ took "the 
cup after supper." So Paul says, "he took 
the cup, ivhen he had supped." So the tak- 
ing of the cup must be "after supper," which 
shows the cup is not a part of the supper. 
But more; Luke says, "Likewise also the cup 
after supper." Paul says, "After the same 
manner, also, he tcck the cup, when he bad 
supped." This language plainly shows that 
as he had taken the bread after supper, or 
when he had supped, so likewise, or after 
the same manner, he also took the cup. — 
This shows that the bread and cup of the 
Communion are not the Lord's Supper, but 
must accompany it; they must be taken after 
supper. "As they were eating, they took 
bread." But more: before they ate the sup- 
per, "he arose from supper, and laid aside 
his garments; and took a towel and girded 
himself. After that he poureth water into a 
basin, and began to wash his disciples' feet, 
and to wipe them with the towel wherewith 
he was girded." We have, then, first, feet- 
washing; second, the Lord's Supper; third, 
the communion. Now, says Christ, "If ye 
know these things, happy are ye if ye do 
them. "If I then, your Lord and Master, 
have washed your feet, ye ought to wash one 
another's feet. For I have given you an ex- 
ample, that ye should do as I have done to 
you." 

The design of the above remarks is to 
show that these ceremonies were not to be 
local, but general; for all disciples of Christ, 
in all ages, unto the end of the world. We 
have then the following: Christ washed the 
disciples' or saints' feet in connection with 
the supper and Communion. He command- 
ed them to do as he had done to them, — to 
wash one another's feet. Christ, as God, 
alone is good, and whatsoever he command- 
ed, was good work. That the apostles taught 
the washing of the saints' feet is plain. Paul 
calls it a good work in 1 Tim. 5: 10, — not as 
belonging to lodging strangers, for that had 
been named before. To be a good work, it 
must be done as Christ commanded, and we 
have shown how he commanded it to be 
done. I often thought that if Paul had not 
taught the "washing of the saint's feet" as a 
duty of the saints, he would have been one 
of the most inconsistent of teachers to debar 
a poor widow from the benefits of a faithful 
saint, merely because she did not do that 
which Bhe had never been commanded to do. 
And that it was a command to the saints is 
evident. If otherwise, Paul would have add- 
ed to the Word of God in making the demand 
as he did of the poor widow. So the com- 
mand of saints washing one another's feet 
was not a local one, but was to be observed 
by all saints, in all ages to the end of the 
world. It is to be perpetuated with the 
Lord's Supper and communion to the end of 
time. We find even in the Acts of the Apos- 
tles and in the epistolary writings com- 
mands to certain individuals ol a local char- 
acter that were only designed for those in- 
dividuals. Let us quote but one: "The an- 
gel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, 



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Arise, and go toward the south, unto the way 
that goeth down from Jerasalem unto Gaza, 
which is desert." This command was of a 
local nature and terminated with the local 
case referred to. Hoping that we are under- 
stood, we will sum up our remarks by say- 
ing: 

First, We are enjoined to obey only those 
commands given us by the apostles; as they 
received them of the Lord. 

Second, Those commands are recorded in 
the four Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, 
in the twenty-one Epistles, and the Kevela- 
tion of St. John. The object of our desul- 
tory remarks was, to give the rule that has 
ever been used, to know "where we shall 
draw the dividing line," to use the language 
of the querist. We would be sorry if any- 
thing that we have written should lead any 
one astray. We feel confident, however, that 
such will not be the case, if the principles 
we have presented are properly understood 
and applied. The question of the querist 
has been one of serious study to all lovers of 
the Bible. And, as the question is a vital 
one, we ask the reader to prove all that we 
have said, and only hold fast that which is 
good. 

"WORKING FOR THE MASTER." 



BY ISABEL IRVIN. 

I have been a faithful reader of the Gos- 
pel Messenger, since it was first published, 
and always enjoyed perusing it ,but, somehow, 
of late it has been particularly interesting to 
me, undoubtedly owing to the fact that we 
hear such favorable reports of the great mis- 
sionary work, and especially of the Sisters' 
Mission. I am always pleased, and, may Bay, 
profited with the articles written upon this 
subject, for I feel that the cause is a good 
one, notwithstanding its infancy and weak- 
ness, with which it has to contend. 

Sisters, it needs the assistance of each one 
of us. Solomon says, in the Ecclesiastes, 
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it 
with all thy might." Although Solomon ex- 
pressed that thought more than two thou- 
sand years ago, it still resounds in the ears 
of us who are living in the nineteenth cen- 
tury, and can be fitly applied to the mission 
cause. Therefore, let us take the advice of 
this man of wisdom, put our energies to work 
and do with our might any or everything 
that the Master may find for us to do. I 
feel that this is a great working of the 
Lord's to get the sisters aroused to a sense 
of their duty. So let us pray God for guid- 
ance in this work, and that he may give ub 
the necessary strength req aired to work 
with our might. I am well pleased with 
Sister Sharp's letter in the Messenger, No. 
2, and think it a good idea for us to report 
through our periodicals the little organiza- 
tions and what we may have accomplished 
in our weak endeavors to firmly establish the 
Sisters' Mission. We are glad to tell you that 
the Chippewa sisters have organized a little 
band of workers. Last Christmas a few 
Bisters met and did as best they could under 
the circumstances. There were but few in 



number, but we felt that God was in our 
midst. We have not sent anything to Sister 
Fannie yet, but expect that our Treasurer 
will soon send in what little means we have 
collected. It is not very much, yet we trust 
it may be the instrumentality of doing some 
little good. Sisters ! don't feel afraid or tim- 
id about organizing, for you will receive help 
from a higher power, if you begin in the 
right spirit and manner. Of course, we meet 
with opposition in our efforts to establish 
these organizations, but everything good 
does, and should only cause the friends of 
the Sisters' Mission, to work the harder. 

Oh, sisters, let us all awaken to our 
duties, and be a band of workers for the 
Master, and may God bless us all, and give 
us the willingness to work! Will sister 
Quinter please answer through the Messen- 
ger, what is being done with the money that 
is gathered into the treasury of the Sisters' 
Mission? 

Golden Corners, Ohio. 



ETERNAL LIFE. 



BY B. C. MOOMAW. 



"To them who by patient continuance in well doing 
seek for glory, honor, and immortality, eternal life." — 
Rom. 2: 7. 

The passion for immortality, or glory, is 
one of the noblest and divinest yearnings of 
the human breast. None but the base and 
low live on through this narrow and painful 
existence, satisfied with its few pleasures, and 
feeling no aspirations for a larger and fuller 
life. None but the animal, whether beast or 
human, is content to pass into utter nonenti- 
ty and eternal oblivion. To live forever, to 
have one's name pass along all the on-coming 
ages, to be, after the sun is blotted out, and 
the worlds have been consumed to ashes, is 
an holy longing, lifting us from the material, 
and linking us to the spiritual world. Even 
in the midst of its ruins, this characteristic 
of the human soul remains, as one of the 
grandest monuments of its former glory, and 
no other argument is needed to prove the 
future life which awaits it, the endlessness 
of existence with which it is endowed. 

The yearning, the spreading of invisible 
wings for heavenly exaltation and eternal 
flight, the instinctive shrinking from the an- 
nihilation and forgetfulness of death, the 
springing up, and reaching out, of thought, 
and desire, may be eeen in a thousand forms, 
perverted they may be, yet still answering to 
the instinctive sense of the heritage of im- 
mortality, which God planted in the soul, 
when he made it in his own likeness and im- 
age, and of his own eternal essence. 

Behind every effort to perpetuate one's 
name and fame beyond the shutting in of the 
grave, whether by prowess of arm or brain, 
whether on field of conquest, or throne of 
empire, or page of entrancing poetry and 
song, may be seen this instinct, this impulse 
of the deathless nature, longing and seeking 
for honor, glory and immortality, and dread- 
ing the dark extinction of death. But men 
have erred in their conception of the nature 
of true immortality, and have chosen these 



false ways to reach the goal of their ambi- 
tions. Here, as elsewhere, may be seen that 
prominent characteristic of the fallen nature, 
wherein self is worshiped and exalted "above 
all that is called God," and all the energy 
and desire of the soul centers within itself, 
and seeks the aggrandizement and perversion 
of all good, no matter who is made to suffer, 
or what duty to mankind and to God is neg- 
lected. Selfishness, and greed, and lust have 
thus usurped the most holy place of the 
soul's highest and divinest yearnings; all 
seek their own, and are finally lost in the ob- 
livion which they dreaded, and sought to es- 
cape. 

But heavenly wisdom comes, and, in the 
text we have quoted, points the true way to 
enduring immortality. Not by self-seeking, 
not by bloody conquest, or the pomp and cir- 
cumstance of imperial courts, or the triumphs 
of art and literature, but simply by patient 
continuance in well-doing may we seek for 
and find the honor, glory and immortality 
which shall issue in eternal life, and enjoy 
their blessed fruits to the uttermost bounds 
of the endless ages. 

The immortality which the world prizes 
and seeks after is, at best, but a monument 
of brass, or a statue of marble, which cannot 
feel, or think, or love. It is but the remem- 
brance of the man and his deeds, lasting, 
perhaps, through a few centuries, written on 
the page of some forgotten book, recurring 
but once and awhile to meet the admiration 
or reprobation of the world. But the immor- 
tality which follows the patient continuanoe 
of well-doing, is life, a grander, fuller, high- 
er flow of bliss and power, sweeping into 
eternal life, as a mighty river sweeps into the 
boundless sea. 

There are but two classes in God's sight, 
those who do well, and those who do evil, 
and only the names of the first are written 
in the Book of Life. Note well the exalted 
motives of their conduct. They seek for glo- 
ry; not the glory which flashes and fades like 
some transient meteor, but the steady light 
of a virtuous, holy life which shall never go 
out in darkness. They seek for honor; not 
the honor which comes from men, so near 
akin to shame, but that which comes from 
God, and rings along down the eternal ages 
with never-lessening meed of praise. They 
seek for immortality; not of earthly fame, 
which surely fades into oblivion, but the im- 
mortality of perennial bloom which heaven 
vouchsafes to her undying sons. 

But above all let us study the conditions. 
Patient continuance in well-doing, "holding 
fast the beginning of our confidence unto the 
end." "Be thou faithful unto death, and 
thou shalt receive a crown of life." It is a 
perpetual conflict, a weary journey in a wil- 
derness land, and there is need of patience*. 
To turn back, even though we be in sight of 
the promised land, is fatal to all our hopes, 
so there is need of continuance, patient con- 
tinuance in well-doing, not simply in the 
work of church ordinances, but in all the of- 
fices of a godly life. We may well say that 
in the sum-total of the good works which 
characterize a truly godly life, church ordi- 



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nances, while necessary, are but a very small 
part. Christ, in the judgment, which he 
declared must be according to our works, 
commends the faithful, not for their observ- 
ance of church ordinances, but because they 
fed the hungry, clothed the naked, visited 
the sick, and entertained strangers. These 
are the "good works" which, according to 
this judgment, secure, justify the believers, 
in the sense of winning for them the appro- 
bation of God, and a place at his right hand 
in the kingdom of glory. 

Well-doing, also, in the struggle against 
the corrupt and depraved propensities of our 
natural hearts, against the seductions of the 
world and the assaults of the devil, is ac- 
ceptable to God, for "To him thatovercometh 
will I grant to sit with me on my throne, 
even as I overcame, and am set down with 
my Father on his throne." 

There is no limit to the range of well-do- 
ing as opposed to evil-doing, neither does it 
consist exclusively of any one class of obliga- 
tions, but of the discharge of all duty, and 
the right use of every opportunity to do 
good. This brings the exalted blessing of 
immortality within reach of all, for even the 
humblest and most obscure can do good to 
those around them, and, by God's help, can 
exhibit the grace of "patient continuance." 
Not the least act of kindness shall be lost or 
forgotten, not even a cup of cold water given 
in God's name to some thirsty wayfarer. Ev- 
ery word of good cheer, every service of love 
shall be written in the book of remembrance, 
and, by and by, Christ shall say, "Inasmuch 
as ye did it unto the least of these, ye did it 
unto me." 

So lived Abel, and Enoch, and Noah, and 
the patriarchs. So lived Moses, Job, Ruth 
and the prophets. So lived the apostles and 
martyrs; and while their cotemporaries of the 
world, even the mightiest of them, are utter- 
ly forgotten, or only live for universal execra- 
tion, these servants of God, these children of 
wisdom and virtue, live on in the hearts of 
the good, and swell the stream cf blessing on 
mankind. Their memories come to us from 
the far-off ages; fresh with the aroma of vir- 
tue, and radiant with the glory of truth and 
love, they bathe in the river of his pleas- 
ures, and feel the powers of the endless life. 

God honors them that honor him, — gives 
them an immortality of fame above all com- 
parison, satisfies their longings, fills their 
highest aspirations, perpetuates the memory, 
honor, and influence of their good deeds, 
gives them eternal life. How appropriate 
this boon! It enables them to realize the 
full measure of their golden harvest, — the 
"works" which "follow thee." The influence 
of a righteous life goes on, forever widening, 
and deepening to all eternity; it is meet, then, 
that the good should live forever, and reap 
the rewards of this labor. 

Eiernal life, who can measure it, or under- 
stand it? We look upon the mighty moun- 
tain, or out upon the broad ocean, but we 
cannot comprehend its sublime grandeur, or 
grasp in our thought its boundless measure. 
So we talk of the eternal life, and stand 
amazed at the magnitude of the thought, but 



cannot comprehend it. Little do we know 
of its infinite meaning. But it is more im- 
portant to know whether we are really striv- 
ing to "lay hold"' of it, whether in our deep- 
est affections we prize it more than all tem- 
poral things. Do we really seek the "city 
which hath foundations," counting ourselves 
pilgrims and strangers here, ready to fold 
the tent of all temporalities, as soon as the 
"everlasting gates" shall appear. This life 
is "the gift of God, through Christ Jesus, 
ouv Lord," and "he that believeth on the 

SON, HATH ETERNAL LIFE." 



ORIGIN OP SUNDAY-SCHOOLS. 



TEMPERANCE. 



BY E. LANDES. 



I notice so much concerning intemperance. 
A man in Ohio once said, "When you stop the 
manufacturer, then you can stop me from 
selling." I have been thinking much on this 
subject. I read somewhere that a man 
should set his house in order. I understand 
by this that a will should be written to pro- 
vide for his family, in case it was necessary. 
Fathers sometimes die when their children 
are small, and are beyond reach to counsel 
them. 

First, If the sons grow up and are tem- 
perate, as soon as they become of age, let 
them be entitled to their share of the inherit- 
ance. But if they grow up in intemperance, 
they should be allowed five dollars. The 
balance of their inheritance should be put on 
interest, in good hands, allowing the use of the 
interest only. As soon as the sons prove 
worthy, then they should have their inherit- 
ance, and if the sons do not leave intoxicat- 
ing drink alone until death, their inheritance 
should be divided, one half to redeem sin- 
ners, the other half should go to his nearest 
sober heirs. I believe if this, with other 
good counsel, were given them while grow- 
ing up, it would cause them to think, and 
help them to become sober men. 

If the daughters grow up and get married 
to sober men, they should have their inherit- 
ance as they become of age, and if 
their husbands are intemperate, their share 
should be kept in the same shape, and dispos- 
ed of in like manner, as that of the sons. 

If this is a good thought, all right for the 
rising generation ; if not, I will drop it. 

Reserve, Brown Co., Kan. 



There is no godliness in the unregenerate 
heart. There must be godliness before there 
can be the power of it. Piety is a lovely 
flower, but never is found growing in the soil 
of the natural heart. It is an exotic. There 
must be a soil prepared for it. Regenera- 
tion does this, for it renews the heart. 



The manner in which many professing 
Christians conform to the world in such 
matters as amusements, dress, etc., has a 
most deadening effect upon piety. "Come 
out from among them, and be ye separate." 



Never be afraid to use the highest 
motives in doing'the smallest deeds. 



BY J. H. MOORE. 

I am in receipt of a letter from one of our 
ministers, requesting me to write an article 
on the "Origin and History of Sunday- 
schools. 

On this, as well as many other questions, 
I have much evidence stored away, but, since 
coming to Florida, I have never arranged my 
library and papers in shape to enable me to 
put my hands on just what I may happen to 
need without considerable searching, hence 
what I shall say in this article, will be entire- 
ly from memory. 

Sunday-schools are no new thing in the 
church. They are nearly as old as Christian- 
ity itself. They were introduced by faith- 
ful teachers, not far from the close of the 
first century, at a time when the church was 
still in doctrinal purity, and have been more 
or less in use ever since. They were first de- 
signed as a means of imparting religious in- 
struction to the young or inexperienced, and 
seem to have been very common in a 
very early age. Perhaps there was no pe- 
riod between the apostolic age, and the be- 
ginning of the reformation, when Sunday 
religious schools were not in use by the true 
people of God. There was a period after 
the reformation when they seem to have 
closed, but are now being fully revived. 

It is an error to suppose that these schools 
should have originated in modern times. 
History abounds in proof to the contrary. 
Nor were they introduced by worldly men, 
but more probably by the apostles them- 
selves, or at least their immediate succes- 
sors. They extend so far back into remote 
antiquity, without a word of disapproval 
from any early writer, that I am constrained 
to believe them of apostolic origin. There 
was a class of people, set apart, called "teach- 
ers," whose business it was to teach the 
people, especially the young and new begin- 
ners in the faith. Their place of work was 
in these schools, and they held them on San- 
day, to accommodate the working class of 
people who, in a special manner, needed re- 
ligious instruction. They were often held 
separately from the place of meeting so as to 
have it more quiet during recitations. Some 
of the early Fathers of the church received 
valuable lessons in these schools, and the 
course of instruction was often very rigid. 
All pupils were required to have their les- 
sons well prepared. I am of the impression 
that these schools were far more general in 
the primitive church than they are among 
the Brethren at this time. They were at 
least much more highly esteemed by devout 
Bible students. 

I may, sometime, have published a careful- 
ly prepared article, giving the proof for the 
statements herein made, but for the present 
I must let this suffice, hoping that it may be 
somewhat instrumental in inducing our 
people to establish more of the Bible or 
Sunday-schools in the Brotherhood. 
Keuka, Fla. 



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Froiu Greenmount, Va. 



— Christmas day was mild and pleasant. 
We had meeting at our church here, on that 
day. We think it better to spend the day in 
the worship of God, than to spend it in the 
manner in which many people spend it. 

— Oar annual council was held here the 2nd 
day of Jan. The principal business was that 
of settling up for the past year, and making 
arrangements for the support of the poor for 
the ensuing year. There was some other 
business done, but all passed off pleasantly, 
except the withdrawal of one precious soul, 
who chose to turn back to the world again. 
I hope the time is not far distant when he 
will be made to see the error of his choice, 
and come back to the fold. 

— We spent the first Sunday of the new year 
in worship at this place, it being our regular 
meeting day. Bro. J. C. Myers did the prin- 
cipal part of the preaching, from Hebrews 6: 
1-2, to a large congregation, considering the 
dampness of the day. The church is in union 
here, and seemingly alive in the cause. I 
find, in canvassing for the Messenger, the 
Brethren are very well pleased with it. I 
hope we may all be enabled to be faithful, 
and work together for good, and in the end 
obtain the blessing. Jacob A. Garber. 

Jan. 4, 1886. 



In Mem or i a in. 



Sister Katy Lineaweaver died in the Knob 
Creek church, Washington Co., Tenn., Nov. 
5, of neuralgia of the heart, aged eighty-six 
years and four months. She was born in 
Rockingham Co., Va. She was the daughter 
of John and Elizabeth Byerly. She was mar- 
ried to Henry Lineaweaver and emigrated to 
Tennessee about fifty years ago. She was 
anointed, before her death, in obedience to 
the command of her Heavenly Father. She 
expressed her willingness to go home and be 
at rest. She said her way was clear, but she 
dreaded the sting of death. She never had 
an accusation against her in the church, and 
had been a member nearly seventy years. — 
"Grandma" was loved by all who knew her. 
She leaves six children to mourn their loss, 
and many near friends. We mourn, not 
without hope of a glorious resurrection. We 
may meet her in God's beautiful home* in the 
skies. She lived out her allotted years, and 
after life's fitful slumber she sleeps well. — 
Funeral services by F. W. Dove and G. C. 
Bowman. 

Flora A. Hylton left the earthly home and 
went to the heavenly home, Aug. 13, aged 
fourteen years. She suffered intensely for 
ten days with flux. Though young in years, 
she performed her mission as if she had liv- 
ed out her three score and ten. She had not 
been talked to of her eternal salvation, feel- 
ing that she was a child; yet on her death- bed 
she expressed a desire to be baptized, and to 
be bnried plainly, and in the order of the 
church. She exhorted all her friends to 
meet her in heaven and to live better lives. — 
When her lips were cold in death, she whis- 
pered, "Pa, don't forg«t," and a week later, 
he, with another one of her associates, was 



buried with Christ in baptism. She prayed, 
oh! so earnestly, for her friends to live for 
Jesus, and to leave this world of pain and 
sorrow. She desired F. W. Dove to preach 
to her friends at her funeral. Surely the 
Spirit worked in her heart and showed her of 
the heavenly home prepared for God's chil- 
dren. Peace to the ashes of our loved dead! 
May we remember the lesson they taught us 
in life and death. Sue V. Bowman. 

{Vindicator and Evangelist please copy.) 



In Memoriani. 



Another father in Israel patiently finish- 
ed his course. Bro. Henry Ray, of the Low- 
er Twin Creek church, Ohio, died Jan. 2, '86, 
aged sixty- seven years, ten months and four- 
teen days. He suffered more or less for sev- 
eral years, but was always able to get around, 
until a short time before his death. He bore 
his afflictions with Christian fortitude. He 
was born, lived and died within the same 
yard, in Lanier Township, and was highly 
respected by all who knew him. He was a 
consistent member of the church for many 
years, and served the church in the capacity 
of deacon, faithfully discharging the duties 
pertaining to that office. He was one of our 
best counselors, both in and out of the 
church. Many a time he was called to help 
settle difficulties between parties out of 
the church. But his labor is over, his work 
is finished. He leaves an aged widow, a 
mother in Israel, who deeply feels the loss, 
as he was, to her, a kind and affectionate hus- 
band. But to her are still left four children 
to mourn their loss, which is his great gain. 
Funeral services by Eld. Jacob Rife, from 
the words, "Come up hither," to a large as- 
sembly. As the twilight, after the sun has 
set, still shines to guide the weary laborer 
home after his labor is done, so will the 
bright light of our brother still shine to di- 
rect the wanderers home. Let us all so live 
that we may meet on that evergreen shore, is 
our prayer. Isaac Young. 



From Madison, Kan. 



I took the train, Dec. 23, for Keighley, 
Butler Co., where we tried, in our weakness, 
to preach to the people until Saturday. Dec. 
25, at 11 o'clock, we preached the funeral dis- 
course of sister Isabella Byerly, who depart- 
ed this life Dec. 9, 1885. She leaves six or- 
phan children to make their way through a 
cold and sinful world, their father and oldest 
brother having perished in a well a little over 
a year ago. The oldest of the children is six- 
teen, the youngest a little over a year old. — 
God protect the little orphans, and help them 
to follow the instructions of their departed 
Christian mother. Sister Byerly gathered 
her children around the family altar every 
night and morning, and committed them to 
the protection of the loving Father above. — 
The influences of a praying mother will speak 
for Jesus in the years to come. When she 
sleeps in the cold grave, her teachings will 
lead precious souls to the foot of the oross. 
Oh! that every mother were a Christian I Sis- 



ter Byerly's age was thirty-nine years, seven 
months and twenty-nine days. 

Chas. M. Year out. 



To the Churches of the Southern District 
of Iowa. 



The time for our District Meeting is com- 
ing, which is to be held with the South Keo- 
kuk church. There does not seem to be the 
interest manifested by some of the congrega- 
tions in regard to these meetings that would 
be commendable. By referring to the Min- 
utes of 1885, we see that out of fifteen church 
districts, eight were represented by delegates, 
one by letter, while six were not represented 
at all. This may be the worst record in the 
history of the District, and it is to be hoped 
there will never be any more like it. There 
is a cause for this, and each church knows 
why it was not represented, and may have 
had good reasons for it. I would urge that 
every church be represented by delegate, or 
delegates; whether they have business to 
bring to the meeting or not. There always 
will be something to attend to, and if there is 
nothing, it would show an interest in the 
work. Let there be a good representation at 
our next District Meeting, and not only by 
delegates, but by as many others as can go. 
Let there be a waking up among us; it is a 
work of vast importance, intended for the 
furtherance of the cause of our blessed Mas- 
ter here below, and for our eternal welfare. 
Then, why should we not show as much in- 
terest as we do for gain in this life? 

I wish here to present a few thoughts, not 
to censure or hurt any one, but for due con- 
sideration. If these meetings were calculat- 
ed to aid us in obtaining much of this world's 
goods — of gaining very necessary methods 
for best conducting our affairs, whereby we 
would be sure of making money easy, I be- 
lieve we would have larger meetings and a 
more lively interest; for who of us is it that 
would not try and be benefitted, if it would 
take a little time or a few dollars? Then why 
not feel interest enough in a work so much 
more important? You may say, "Very well, 
we can get to heaven without the District 
Meeting." We may, but where would we get 
to without District and Annual Meeting? — 
We would soon run into Congregationalism, 
each church would be for itself. Hear the 
inspired apostle, "See that ye-negleot not the 
assembling of yourselves together, as the 
manner of some is." Why not? Because it 
is important that we do, it is to our interest 
and an honor to God. By negligence we be- 
come indifferent. "This means to preach- 
ing," some may say. I think it applies to 
church, District and Annual Meetings as 
well. "Well, but it takes time and money for 
all this, and times are hard." So it does, but 
a comparatively very small amount. As said 
before, if it were worldly possessions we 
were laboring for, we would not fail to have 
our interest represented. Then, why not 
lend to the Lord a small portion of what he 
has entrusted in our care? I think it would 
be much more acceptable to him than many 
ways in which we spend our money (as we 
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71. 



fine furniture, or other things that are just 
for the "last of the eye, the lust of the flesh, 
and the pride of life," more than for use and 
comfort. We often decorate the bodies of 
our dear children, or ourselves, in such a way 
that may prove a curse rather than a bless- 
ing. 

With love and good will to all, I now leave 
the subject for a prayerful consideration of 
all, in hope of eternal life. A. J. Wine. 

South English, Iowa. 



From Greenland, Grant Co., W. Va. 



I will try to give you a brief report of our 
series of meetings, which commenced on the 
night of the 18th of Dec, and came to a close 
on the night of the 4th of Jan. Bro. Z. An- 
non, of Taylor Co., W. Va., was our ambassa- 
dor. Our meetings were held at Laurel Dale, 
Mineral Co., and Paddiesland, Grant Co., 
those two places being about seven miles 
apart. At the former place there were ten 
discourses preached, and sixteen at the lat- 
ter. During the progress of the meetings, 
three precious souls made the good choice, 
and were adopted into the family of God. 
Two of them are yet in their youth, and we 
trust God will give grace to them all, and to 
us also, that we may "fight a good fight," ev- 
en until our course be finished. 

The church has been greatly revived and 
encouraged. Bro. Annon deals out the heav- 
enly manna with a lavish hand, preaching 
the Word without favor or partiality toward 
man. We think many good impressions were 
made, and doubtless in due time, "we shall 
reap if we faint not." 

The only thing we have to deplore is, the 
meetings closed too soon, but our dear broth- 
er had to leave for other fields of labor. I 
feel that many of us will remember his fare- 
well discourse as long as life shall last, and 
I trust that we shall reduce to practice the 
good things that he gave us. Brethren, we 
should labor to have more such meetings, 
and we can have them if we all labor as we 
should. If we call watchmen that will give 
no uncertain sound, we need not fear that we 
will do too much. How many make "full 
proof of their ministry ?" But the church 
should be careful to do her duty, and not ex- 
pect the poor minister to do all. Brethren, 
let us work, work, WORK, and "so much 
the more as we see the day approaching." 

Wm. M. Lyon. 

Jan. 4, 1886. 



Home Again. 



By request of the Yellow Creek church, I 
took my leave of the dear ones Nov. 12, and 
commenced meeting the 15th. Had good 
meetings, and we have reason to believe, that 
the church on earth, and angels in heaven, 
did rejoice over the result of our meetings. 
From here we went to the Elkhart church, 
and labored about three weeks, at two differ- 
ent points. Again the waters were troubled, 
and, lo, joy on earth and in heaven. From 
here we went to the Rook Run church, and 
tried to preaoh Jesus to a large and well-be- 
haved audience. Notwithstanding the large 



crowd, every one bowed in time of prayer. 
Oh ! I wish others would do likewise. We 
labored here almost one week, and again 
tears of joy were shed, seeing sinners and 
dear ones coming into the ark. Our next stop- 
ping place was the Pleasant Valley church, 
in Elkhart Co., where we labored one week 
for the people and members. We had glori- 
ous meetings together, and 1 can say for one, 
it was good for me to be there. Again sin- 
ners were made willing to come to Christ, 
and be raised from a watery grave, we trust, 
to walk in newness of life. The members 
know how to make a minister welcome, and 
feel at home. Of a truth, we had homes, and 
brethren and sisters, and fathers and moth- 
ers, in abundance. During our weak eflorts, 
the Lord added twenty-one precious souls to 
the fold. May he keep them from the evil, 
and when the toil and trials of earth are all 
overcome, give them a crown of righteous- 
ness in heaven, is my prayer. 

I formed many new acquaintances which 
will last as long as my memory remains with 
me. To all the dear members and friends, 
who were so kind and charitable to me in 
various ways, I wish also to tender my 
thanks, in which thanks my wife heartily 
joins with me, and may the Lord reward you 
richly. 

I returned home Jan. 5, found all well save 
wife, who is better at this date. Thank the 
Lord for his love and care over us continual- 
ly. Isaiah Rairigh. 

Woodland, Mich. 



From the Eden Valley Church. 



Since my last communication, one more 
has been added to the church by baptism, and 
several by church letter. One year ago this 
church numbered but thirty members, and 
now it numbers over eighty. Most of this 
increase is by Brethren moving in, and set- 
tling with ue, and still more are getting ready 
to come. May the Lord bless many more, 
and enable them to come. 

We certainly have a good country, and a 
vast field for the Brethren to labor in. We 
are now holding regular meetings at places, 
where at least two more churches should be 
organized in the near future, and will be, if 
a few more members and a couple of minis- 
ters will settle at those points. It is hard on 
us and our teams to go so far, thirty and for- 
ty miles, to preach, but we cannot feel satis- 
fied to let those dear brethren and sisters 
starve for the Word of God. We have gone 
several times, thinking we must recall the ap- 
pointment and go no more, but we could not 
do so. The warm reception, the careful en- 
tertainment and the many thankful expres- 
sions overcame us, and another appointment 
was left. Correspondence solicited. 

Michael Moorhead. 

Great Bend, Kan. 



From Falling: Spring Church, Frauklin 
Co., Pa. 



Brother Jacob Hedriok, of Midland, Fau- 
quier Co., Va., came to us in the evening of 
the 26th of Deo., and remained with us until 



Jan. 4. He preached in all, seventeen ser- 
mons. The immediate result[was four pre- 
cious souls added to the fold. Two of them, 
a young married couple, and theother two a 
brother and sister in the flesh. We can tru- 
ly say that our dear brother did not shun to 
declare the whole counsel of God to a dying 
world. Others, apparently, were very near 
the kingdom, but for some reason unknown, 
they, like many others, are putting it off for 
a more convenient season. Oh ! how many, 
like Felix of old, are ushered into eternity 
without ever having that convenient season 
in which to receive the pardon of their sins! 
We are made to wonder, when people hear 
the gospel made so plain, why they do not 
accept it? But as it was in the days of Noah, 
so shall it also be in the coming of the Son 
of Man. 

There are people in the world who would 
rather pay large sums of money to have the 
Word of God perverted, than to accept it in 
its primitive simplicity without money and 
without price. Some will even mock, and 
make unbecoming remarks about the plain 
commandments of our Lord and Savior Jesus 
ChriBt, and his humble followers. But, dear 
brethren and sisters, let us remember that 
persecution is part of the Christian's happi- 
ness. Matt. 5: 11-12. Therefore we should 
not be discouraged, but let us the more earn- 
estly contend for the faith once delivered un- 
to the saints, and in the end receive the 
crown, which the Lord has promised to them 
that love him. Wm. C. Koontz. 



Marsh Creek Items.— No. 11. 

—On Dec. 9, Bro. C. L. Pfoutz and wife ar- 
rived safe at home. They were much pleas- 
ed with their visit among friends and Breth- 
ren in the West. 

— On the 11th, we were called apon to con- 
sign to the tomb our well-beloved brother, 
Michael Trostle. Of his valued life, and un- 
expected death, more will doubtless bo writ- 
ten. 

—On the 12th, Eld. E. W. Stoner, of Union 
Bridge, Md., arrived and lodged with Bro. 
Bushman, and was taken by him to Marsh 
Creek church, where a protracted effort was 
commenced. He remained in the congrega- 
tion until the 28th, preaching in all nineteen 
sermons, at different points. His arguments 
were earnestly and clearly presented, and 
cannot fail in accomplishing good. He also 
made a number of calls and visits, which 
were also promotive of great good. The only 
immediate result was the return of one who 
had wandered from the fold. 

— During the year 1885, six of cur number 
were removed by death, three took out let- 
ters of membership, and two souls were add- 
ed, one by baptism and one by letter. So we 
readily perceive our ranks are being thinned, 
with but few recruits to fill the vacancies. — 
We are hopeful however, that before the close 
of the present year, some important events 
may be chronicled. Surely, the church at 
this place has had a plenteous seed-time; may 
we dow anxiously await a bounteous harvest. 

B. F. KlTTINGER. 



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Feb. 2, 1886. 



Bro. Eobert Metsker, of the Mexico 
Church, Ind., spent some time in Mt. Morris, 
last week. We had a pleasant visit from 
him at the Messenger office. 



A series of meetings has been in progress 
at the Pine Creek church, Ogle Co., 111., for 
the last week. We have not had a report 
from there yet, but hope much good may re- 
sult from the meetings. 

Bro. P. B. Wrightsman is holding meet- 
ings in the Pleasant Grove congregation, 
Kan. The result, as reported by Bro. J. 
Herr, is two baptized, one reclaimed, one 
applicant, and others seriously counting the 
cost. 

Eld. Samuel Murray, of Kiver, Ind., writes 
that Bro. D. Younce is holding meetings for 
Uiem. They have large congregations and 
good interest. Bro. Murray's health is not 
good, and he asks an interest in the prayers 
of God's people. 



Our greatest concern should be to adorn 
our souls for the marriage feaBt of the Son 
of God. If we make this our chief aim, we 
shall be less given to adorning our mortal 
bodies in the fashions of the world, which 
perish with the use of them. 



The Mission Board of North-western Kan. 
and Col., will meet in a few days. They are 
anxious to see the work move forward. In 
each District we should have at least one 
faithful missionary in the field. There is 
plenty of work, but the laborers are few. 



Young man, are you a slave to some evil 
habit, that is carrying you whither you 
would not go? If eo, put it off while you 
have the power. Remember the day will 
come, when that habit will -bind you with 
chains of iron, instead of the silken cords 
which row hold you. 



Bro. John C. Johnson is expected to hold 
a series of meetings for the Brethren at Pur- 
chase Line, Pa , beginning Feb. 12. 



We hope our correspondents will not fail 
to send us reports of the meetings held in 
their localities. Let the reports be short. — 
Give the good news, so others may rejoice 
with you. Postal card reports are always 
acceptable. 

Who shall say that a kind word, be it ever 
so simple, or a generous action, be it ever so 
weak, is lost? Nay, verily, he, who num- 
bers the very hairs of our head, will surely 
take note of our feeblest and simplest efforts 
to do good to our fellow-men. 



Bro. M. M. Eshelman, of Belleville, Kan., 
would like to have a few copies of the Mes- 
senger, No. 45, 1885. We are entirely 
out of that number. Any one wishing to 
give Bro. M. that number, will confer a favor 
upon him by sending it to him. Address 
as above. 

Bro. J. M. Mohler is now preaching at 
Cherry Grove, 111., a few miles north of Lan- 
ark. The meetings at Lanark were well at- 
tended, and much interest was taken in them. 
No accessions were made to the church, but 
we believe much good was done, and we hope 
the good seed sown will bear fruit in the 
Lord's own time. 



A new-born babe, if left without tendercare 
and nursing, will perish. So, too, with the 
babes in Christ. They must be tenderly 
cared for and shielded from the snares and 
the wiles of the enemy. They must be care- 
fully guarded against the storms of worldli- 
ness, which beset them; and if this tender 
care and gentle guardianship is withdrawn, 
they will also perish. We should be just as 
zealous in caring for those who are in the 
church, as we are to get others in. 



The brethren have been holding meetings 
in the College Chapel each evening for a 
short time. Five have been brought to the 
Lord, and others, apparently, are not far 
away. In order not to interfere too much 
with the school work of the students, the 
meetings begin promptly at half-past six and 
continue one hour. The sermons are short, 
but effective and to the point. We feel that 
the Spirit of the Lord is at work among us, 
and we trust that many souls may be brought 
to the fold of Christ. 



Bishop Weaver says, "And now abideth 
pride, extravagance, fashion ; these three : but 
the greatest of these is pride. Simply be- 
cause it is the root of the whole matter. De- 
stroy the root, and the tree will die. It is 
hardly worth while to waste ammunition in 
shooting at fashion and extravagance, as long 
as the tree is alive. Most people say it does 
not matter how people dress, pride is in the 
heart. Very true; but straws show which 
way the wind blows. A plain exterior may 
cover a proud heart: but, depend upon it, a 
fashionable exterior seldom, if ever, covers 
up a plain heart." 



Bro. M. Bucker, of Sinking Springs, O., 
says that they started a prayer-meeting at 
their homes, and are much encouraged by 
the sucoess of their weak efforts. The meet- 
ings are growing in interest. This is right; 
— the people of God cannot spend an evening 
of each week any better, than to meet to- 
gether to sing and pray, and to read God's 
Word. This is according to the gospel, and 
we wish that in every community of the 
Brethren there might be a sooial meeting of 
this kind carried on. 



He whose heart warms in sympathy with 
the sufferings of humanity, and whose hands 
are open to give as God has blessed him, has 
imbibed so much of the spirit of Christ. For 
never has heart felt sympathy like His, and 
never has His gift to humanity been approxi- 
mated. We may tenderly pity the unfortu- 
nate and give to the extent of our ability to 
help them, but how far beneath the perfect 
love and the inestimable gift of the Son of 
God, fall our weak efforts! Yet while we 
cannot, in degree, attain to this high standard, 
yet we trust we have the same Spirit possess- 
ed by our Master, for without this we cannot 
be his disciples. 



A city of refuge was provided by the law 
of Moses, so that those who incurred the 
vengeance of the avenger of blood, might 
flee to the city, and, once within its walls, the 
hunted man was safe. So we have a city of 
refuge. It is the church of the living God, 
and Jesus Christ is the Head of that Church. 
The sinner, pursued by the devil, may flee to 
this City of Refuge and be safe, — forever 
safe. Ah, what a blessed thought, that we 
have a refuge in Jesus. Tempted and tried, 
careworn, and pursued closely by the aveng- 
er, — yet we may find complete rest and safety 
in the City of our God, and when that rest 
is attained, how our souls will break forth 
in anthems of praise to our God, for the sal- 
vation wrought for us by our blessed Savior. 
"Safe in the arms of Jesus" the soul's only 
refuge, — God help us to attain it. 



We are too apt to consider the accumula- 
tion of wealth as one of the most important 
factors in life. Americans are looked upon 
by other nations as a money-making people, 
and it is sad to reflect that in the race for 
wealth, every consideration is sacrificed, re- 
ligion, honor, morality, and even life, go 
down before the golden image. As a nation, 
we are much in the same condition as the 
people described by Paul: "Men of corrupt 
minds, destitute of the truth; supposing 
that gain is godliness." Here gain is set for 
godliness, and is it not true that even in 
many churches this appears to be the rule? 
The common church festivals, with their 
gambling devices, are justified by saying that 
the proceeds are to be used for the church. 
Is not this a clear application of the fact 
that they believe that "gain is godliness?" — 
In this the truth is simply perverted, turned 
around, for, in fact, "Godliness is gain." 
But "Godliness with contentment is great 
gain." 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



73 



Just now there are many meetings being 
helu in different parte of the Brotherhood. 
We are glad to note this evidence of zeal on 
the part of the church. In many places, the 
home ministers are doing the preaching, and 
the Lord is blessing their labors. We hope 
every congregation in the Brotherhood will 
hold a series of meetings this winter. Let 
the good work begin at once. While you 
hesitate, and put off the work, sinners are be- 
ing lost, and the Lord will not hold you 
guiltless for mere indifference in the great 
work of saving souls. We again urge you to 
begin the work at once, and delay no longer. 



Christ in the Gospels is an excellent 
work, and an able assistant in studying the 
life and the work of our divine Master. It 
gives, in a continuous narrative, the life of 
Jesus from his birth to his crucifixion and 
ascension, and this in words written by the 
four Evangelists. The plan of studying the 
four Gospels in connection, adopted in this 
work, is to be commended. The book is sup- 
plemented with a map and diagram, showing 
the journeyings of Jesus. We heartily com- 
mend it to those desiring a harmony of the 
Gospels. Bro. James Neff, of Mt. Morris, 
111., has the book for sale. 



SUCCESSFUL MEETINGS. 



We should not always measure the success 
of a series of meetings by the number who 
are converted and brought into church rela- 
tionship while the meetings continue. So 
far as conversions are concerned, the meet- 
ings may appear to be fruitless, and so are 
sometimes thought to be failures. But we 
should not so estimate success. Of course, 
we all rejoice when souls come to Christ and 
unite with the church, but we should not for- 
get that there must be a seed-time, if there is 
to be a harvest; there must be a time of sow- 
ing and planting, if there is to be a time of 
reaping. 

It so happens that a church often spends 
much labor in sowing the seeds of God's 
Word, — the seed-time seems long and some 
grow impatient, and are ready to despair be- 
cause the harvest cometh not, and the time 
for reaping is delayed. But in the Lord's 
own good time he sendeth the season of re- 
freshing and souls are gathered into his 
kingdom, and there is great rejoicing in 
Zion. 

One of the results of a series of meetings 
which should never be overlooked, is the 
beneficial effect upon the membership of the 
church. In our conflicts and struggles with 
the evils by which we are surrounded, we 
sometimes fail, and our love waxes cold. The 
cares of life encumber us and we are almost 
ready to fall by the way. Then comes the 
season of continued effort by our brethren in 
preaching God's Word and exhorting us to 
continue faithful to the end. How wo are 
strengthened as we gather, day after day, in 
the house of God to hear his Word preached, 



and to sing the sweet songs of Zion! The 
world with its cares, its allurements, and its 
pleasures is left behind, and with new zeal, 
born of a determination to be more faithful, 
we start anew in the work the Lord has given 
us to do. If the meetings bring only this 
result, surely we cannot say they have failed. 
In addition to this, sinners are warned, and 
some seeds are sown that will, doubtless, at 
some time bear fruit. Let us not, therefore, 
be discouraged if our labors in a protracted 
effort do not result in bringing sinners to 
Christ, for the seed may be sown which will, 
in God's own good time, produce an hundred- 
fold in this life, and eternal life in the world 
to come. 



QUERIST'S DEPARTMENT. 



Please give an explanation of what it '.-/as that swal- 
lowed Jonah. Was it a fish that swallowed him, or was 
it some sea monster? Give a full history. 

D. K. Richards. 

The narrative of the event alluded to in 
the query, is thus given: "Now the Lord 
had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jo- 
nah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish 
three days and three nights." Jonah 1: 17. 
It is simply stated that it was a fish, without 
naming the kind of fish. In Matt. 12: 40, in 
our common English Version, the fiah is 
called a whale, but the original Greek does 
not seem to require this. Instead of whale, 
the Revision of the American Bible Union, 
has fish. The Greek word in Matt. 12: 40, 
is keetos. Dr. Meyers translates it, the mon- 
ster of the deep. The original is also trans- 
lated great fish. So, while it was a monster, 
it was also a fish. But critics do not agree 
as to what kind of a fish it was. It is, how- 
ever, generally believed to have been a shark. 
The shark has often been known to swallow 
a man, and this fish is common in the Medi- 
terranean Sea, where Jonah was sailing, 
and whales have also been found there. It 
has been said that it could not have been a 
whale, as the throat of a whale is not large 
enough to take in a man. But this is no real 
objection, for there was evidently a manifes- 
tation of miraculous power, or Jonah could 
not have lived so long in the fish. And if 
the miraculous power preserved the life of 
Jonah in the fish, it could also have enlarged 
the throat of the whale, had this been neces- 
sary. 

Let us learn from the case of Jonah that 
we incur the displeasure of God by disobey- 
ing his commands, and that he will punish 
tbe disobedient. 

Brethren Editors: — 

Pi.eask explain through the MmSKKOBB 
Acts 10: 44, 45. Did the Holy Ghost fall on any one at 
any other time hsfore baptism? And why did it fall on 
these before they were baptized? P. (I. Met/. 

We believe we have no case recorded, but 

that of Cornelius aud bis friends, in which 

the Holy Spirit was given to believers before 

baptism. Cornelius and his friends were 

the firBt|Gentile converts that were made to 



Christianity, and the prejudice that the Jews 
entertained against the Gentiles is well 
known, and it took some time even for Chris- 
tians to overcome this prejudice altogether. 

Baptism was the Christian rite by which 
believers were brought into Christ, or into 
his body, which is the church. "For as many 
of you as have been baptized into Christ, 
have put on Christ." Gal. 3: 27. "For by 
one Spirit are we all baptized into one body 
whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we 
be bond or free; and have been all made to 
drink into one Spirit." 1 Cor. 12: 13. And 
owing to the prejudice that existed against 
the Gentiles among the Jewish Christian 
converts, had the Gentiles been brought into 
the church, and allowed equal privileges 
with the Jews, without very clear evidence 
that the Lord had accepted them, the Jews 
would have objected to their admission into 
the church. Hence, the Holy Spirit was giv- 
en to the Gentiles in the house of Cornelius 
before baptism, and this was a departure 
from the rule given by the apostle Peter on 
the day of Pentecost, when he said to the 
convicted and inquiring Jews, "Repent, and 
be baptized every one of you, in the name of 
Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and 
ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." 
Acts 2: 38. We have reason to believe that, 
from the circumstances under which the 
apostle Peter's direction was given on the 
day of Pentecost, it was designed to contain 
the ordinary rule by which sinners were to 
be pardoned, and prepared for the reception 
of the Holy Spirit. 

And while Peter's teaching on the day of 
Pentecost contained the ordinary rule for 
the reception of the Holy Spirit, as has al- 
ready been intimated, the experience of Cor- 
nelius and his friends was a departure from 
the ordinary rules, so directed by the Lord, 
to reconcile the Jewish Christians to the re- 
ception of Gentiles into the Christian church. 
And it had its desired effect, for when "they 
of the circumcision" had heard the Gentile 
converts "speak with tongues, and magnify 
God," there was no objection whatever, ap- 
parently, made to the baptism of Cornelius 
and his friends, when Peter said, "Can any 
man forbid water, that these should not be 
baptized, which have received the Holy 
Ghost as well as we?" Acts 10: 47. After 
seeing what they did, they of the circumcis- 
ion, made no objection to the baptism of the 
Gentiles. 

The reception of the Holy Spirit before 
baptism, did, by no means, render that rite 
unnecessary to the first Gentile converts. — 
Our Lord had declared, that "he that believ- 
oth, and is baptized, shall be saved." Mark 
10: 10 Hence, baptism was necessary to 
give the believers assurance of salvation, and 
Cornelius and his friends were baptized in 
water, notwithstanding they had previously 
received the Holy Spirit and its supernatural 
gifts. J. Q. 



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NOTES FROM OUR CORRESPONDENTS. 



"A 6 cold water is to a thirsty soul, 60 is good news from 
a far country. 



— Bro. B. F. Stephens, of the Woodland 
church, says their church is in peace and un- 
ion. He is rejoiced to read so much good 
news in the Messenger, and exhorts all to 
follow closely in the footsteps of Christ, tak- 
ing him for their guide. 

— Bro. J. E. Johnson, of Little Rock, Mo., 
writes of the comfort the Messenger gives 
them. Their church is now in peace. They 
had some trouble, which resulted in deposing 
one of their ministers. They now have only 
one minister, who is assisted at times by the 
neighboring brethren. 

— Sister Susanna Cober, of Hespeler, Can- 
ada, is pleased with the Messenger, and says 
it is a welcome visitor to them in their isola- 
tion. It contains much spiritual food for 
them. They are lonely, so far from the 
Brethren, and are very thankful to those who 
visited and preached for them last summer. 

—Bro. Jos. S. Kulp, of the Elkhart Valley 
church, Ind., says: "One more has come out 
on the Lard's side. She was baptized Jan. 
10, a cold, stormy day; with the mercury 10° 
below zjro. She was not willing to wait an- 
other day. I could not help but believe that 
she was thoroughly converted to God. More, 
we believe, are almost persuaded." 

— Bro. John G. Orr, of Perrin, Mo., has 
some kind words for the Messenger. He 
says: "The church here seems to be working 
very harmoniously. How I love to receive 
the Messenger! My heart leaped for joy 
when I read of the good meetings, especially 
Bro. Rosenberger's report in the last num- 
ber. When I get the paper, I most always 
read it through before stopping." 

— A sister, writing from Lacona, Iowa, 
makes an earnest appeal for some of the 
brethren to come and hold meetings in that 
locality. She says: "Some are only waiting 
for a little encouragement, and if a preacher 
comes, I think, souls may be saved. If any 
minister reads this, do not say No, but come, 
and you will ba heartily welcome. Address 
C. C. Stemen, Lacona, Warren Co., Iowa. 

— From Bro. Daniel F. Bowman, of John- 
eon City, Tenn., we learn that brethren Jos. 
B. and G. C. Bowman have gone to Middle 
Tenner, see to preach the gospel to those who 
have been calling for help from that part of 
the State. The brethren who have gone to 
the work will hold forth the Word in its pu- 
rity, and we trust that God's Spirit will go 
with them, and that souls may be brought in- 
to the fold of Christ. 

—Bro. S. K. VVickham, of Big Springe, 
Montgomery Co., Va., writeB us a letter full 
of kind and encouraging words for the Mes- 
EBB, for which he has our thanks. He 
:d into the mountainous district of Vir- 
ginia, and is preaching the gospel. Since 
then, five have found Chriet as their Savior, 
and have been baptized. Three others are 
about ready to come. Bro. W. would like to 
have some of the brethren come and assist 
him in the work in which he is engaged. — 
May the Lord bless him. 



— Bro. C. L. Pfoutz reports a very interest- 
ing series of meetings in their church, near 
Gettysburg, Pa. Bro. Stoner, of Union 
Bridge, Md., was with them and preached 
the Word with power. No immediate results, 
but since the meeting, in the midst of a snow- 
storm, the ice was broken, and one baptized 
into Christ, It is hoped that the good seed 
sown will bring forth a copious harvest. 

— From the Silver Creek church, we receiv- 
ed a communication, part of which, contain- 
ing the writer's name, has been lost. They 
commenced a series of meetings Dec. 19, and 
had a few good meetings, but owing to bad 
weather and rough roads, the meetings were 
closed on Christmas Day with a love-feast. 
It is proposed to open the meetings again, as 
soon as all things are favorable. 

— The following is taken from a letter writ- 
ten by Bro. William F. Jehuzen, of Rodney, 
Mich. : Bro. George E. Stone, of Carson City, 
preached for them, and they were much built 
up. On Friday, Jan. 8, Eld. E. Bosserman 
met with them in church council, and they 
organized a church, to be known as the Chip- 
pewa Creek church. Bro. Bosserman was 
chosen elder, and Bro. Jehuzen, deacon. They 
would bo glad to have a minister locate 
among them. Good farming land can be had 
a reasonable price. Those desiring further 
information, please write to Bro. J., address- 
ing as above. 

— From a letter written to us by Bro, Levi 
Zumbrun, of the Blue River church, Whitley 
Co., Ind., we glean the following: They held 
their quarterly meeting Dec. 5, and decided 
to hold a series of meetings, which they be- 
gan Dec. 17, and closed on the 27th. Bro. 
Thurston Miller preached for them. One 
was added to the church. After preaching 
on Christmas Day, brethren Jacob Swihart 
and Christian Zumbrun were forwarded to 
the second degree of the ministry. The meet- 
ings were well attended and full of interest. 
Bro. Miller knows how to wield the Swoid of 
the Spirit. 

—Bro. Milo Hale, of the Yellow River 
church, Ind., gives us a report of a series of 
meetings held in their church, beginning Dec. 
13, and lasting two weeks. Brethren Alex- 
ander Miller and Daniel Wysong preached 
for them. Nine souls were converted, and 
added to the church by baptism, and one re- 
claimed. The members were all greatly re- 
vived. Some that were almost persuaded to 
come to Christ, put it off. May they come be- 
fore it is too late, "and may we all work to- 
gether in the fear of the Lord, so that when 
we leave this world, we may meet in heaven, 
and sing the songs of Zion." 

— Bro. John H. Raffensberger, of Clear 
Spring, York Co., Pa., writes that himself 
and Bro. Jacob Hollinger held a week's meet 
ing about twenty-four miles from his home, 
in the lower part of their district. The meet- 
ings commenced Dec. 19, and continued until 
the 27th. The large house was well filled, 
and Bro. Hollinger preached the Word with 
power, declaring the whole counsel of God, 
and some confessed that the only way to be 
saved is to obey the whole gospel. "We vis- 
ited the members, and found oae brother 



sick with consumptio n. When leaving him, 
we called his attention to what James says 
about anointing the sick with oil. He, after 
studying and reading, sent for us, was anoint- 
ed, and was much cheered and encouraged. 
Many tears were shed, and he thanked God 
that we told him of his duty, and so we left 
him, not expecting to meet him again in this 
world. May God bless them. Upon our re- 
turn home, we found all well. Thank the 
Lord for his goodness." 

— Bro. P. H. Sipe, of Price's Creek church, 
West Manchester, Ohio, informs us that Bro. 
Henry Longanecker held meetings for them 
from Dec. 26 to 31st. Bro. Sipe's daughter 
made the good confession, and was buried 
with Christ in baptism. The meetings were 
well attended, and if they could have contin- 
ued longer, no doubt much more good might 
have been accomplished. Bro. Longanecker 
preached the gospel in its purity with power. 
"May God's richest blessings rest upon him 
and his family, and finally, when his labor is 
finished here below, may he be saved in heav- 
en," is the prayer of the writer. 

CORRESPONDENCE. ' 

" Write what thou seest— and send it unto the churches." 
From Lianeville, Kan. 



We had meeting on Christmas Day, and at 
the close of the services one dear soul came 
forward, demanding admission into the 
church. The good work goes on in spite of 
opposition. There were those, even in the 
days when Christ Jesus was on earth, that 
would not accept him. No wonder there are 
those to-day whoetill persist in pleasing them- 
selves and their lusts, rather than the will of 
God. It is remarkable, and even astonish- 
ing, how bold and audacious poor, dying 
mortals can be. They presume to make their 
own conditions, regarding their own doctrine 
above that of the church and the gospel of 
our Lord Jesus Christ. It is even sad to see 
how determined and defiant some poor erring 
mortals can be. There is nothing, I presume, 
will correct them but the judgment and wrath 
of Almighty God. Notwithstanding all op- 
position, we may rejoice, for the Lord's work 
is going on despite all opposition. May 
the Lord bless all his. J. B. Lair. 



From Oregon, III, 



I love to read the Messenger, it is so full 
of soul-cheering news that affords comfort 
and peace when the clouds of adversity and 
disappointment gather thickly around. It 
ever brings good news. But oh! I shudder 
when I read the trifling excuses some breth- 
ren give for not taking the church paper. I 
joined the Brethren Church in my sixteenth 
year, and never, in the seven years since 
then, has my faith in the sincerity of my 
Brethren, received so great a blow as when I 
read of a brother objecting to the paper be- 
cause of the stand you take against intemper- 
ance. Brethren, continue to preach against 
it; perhaps some of our Brethren need to be 
awakened from the lethargy that blinds them 



THE GOSPEL ME88ENGEB. 



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to the evil end pending danger of the awful 
course. Continue to advocate the right, the 
pure and the good, and may God bless you 
in the doing. Chas. E. Oellig. 



From Brownsville, Saline Co., Mo. 



We greet the weekly visits of the G. M. to 
our home. We could not well do without it. 
I just came from Clear Creek yesterday ev- 
ening, the distance of about thirty- eight miles, 
on horseback, and it was snowing all the 
time. We met in council on last Saturday. 
There was some business before the meeting, 
but was disposed of in love. Preached four 
sermons to a full house, with good order and 
attention. The Brethren here have been try- 
ing to build a house in which to worship, but 
they are all poor, and have had but little help 
yet. Our Treasurer wrote to all the church- 
es in Southern Missouri, but as yet they 
have received but little. Brethren, take a 
note of this. Daniel Glick. 



A Christmas Love-feast. 



We, the Brethren of Silver Creek district, 
Williams Co., Ohio, appointed our love-feast 
for Christmas evening, and is now num- 
bered with the things of the past. It was a 
more than ordinary one, as we had the birth 
of our dear Savior brought fresh to our 
minds, and afterwards the solemn thought of 
his dreadful death upon the cross; what pain 
and agony he went through, to save poor fall- 
en man; the great love God must have had 
in sending him, that we through him might 
find peace and rest to our never-dying souls 
As the roads were very rough, there was not 
as large a turn-out as there would have been 
had they been good. Our ministering breth- 
ren were left alone to do their part of the 
work, but they tried to do the best they 
could, and did it well. We felt as though 
the good Lord was, with us and if he is for us, 
who can be against us? I believe we can all 
say, it was as bread from heaven to our souls, 
and that we feel stronger to battle for the 
Lord. The order was good. By the actions 
of those who looked on, we are led to believe 
that they had respect for the children of God. 
Hope many that looked on this time, by the 
next time may enjoy what we enjoyed. 

Noah Long. 

Frontier, Mich. 



From the Loraniie Church, Shelby, Ohio. 



We are still trying to labor in the cause of 
our Master at this place. Oar old house was 
unfit for winter use, so we made an effort to 
build a new church last spring, and by the 
help of our neighboring churches, and the 
blessings of God, we succeeded in building a 
good house, 36 x 54, at a cost of twelve hun- 
dred dollars. The church is still a little in 
debt, but the house is all clear, as a brother 
had settled all olaims before it was dedicated, 
which took place on Nov. 8. Brother Boggs, 
of Covington, preached to a crowded house, 
from the words, "My house shall be called 
by all nations the house of prayer," and he 
proved himielf able for the eubjeot, and the 



occasion. Had our communion on Dec. 12. 
It was well attended. The ministers present 
were, Jerry Catherman, Wm. Bogge, H. C. 
Longanecker, Joseph Groff, and Bro. Winey, 
of Michigan, who officiated. I now want to 
say to all the members who so liberally con- 
tributed to our house, that we feel very 
thankful to you, and may God's choicest 
blessings rest upon you in this life, and 
heaven be your eternal home. 

Jacob Hollinger. 



In Memoriam. 



The death messenger did come and take 
our dear Bro. Henry Placher, on Dec. 4, 
1885, aged 63 years, 2 months and 3 days. 

Bro. Placher and wife were among the first 
to accept Christ in this mission field, now 
called Pigeon Creek church. Bro. P. has 
been a faithful member until his death. For 
the last year he has been a sufferer of lung 
disease. He leaves a wife and six children 
to mourn their loss. He had not given up 
all hopes of recovery until within the last few 
weeks, then, at this late hour, he sent for the 
elders and requested to be anointed. It was 
attended to by Eld. T. D. Lyon and the writ- 
er. It appeared as if the time had come for 
the Lord to remove him out of his suffering, 
and take him home. I visited him frequent- 
ly, and he at all times was fully resigned to 
the Lord's will, and two days before his 
death, he said he would rather go home to rest 
than stay here. On Dec. 6, his lifeless 
body was taken to the Presbyterian church 
in Sparland, where we tried to improve the 
occasion to a full house of sympathizing 
friends. 

Those donations at table collections, from 
the Northern District of 111., have been high- 
ly appreciated and judiciously applied by 
the sorrow-stricken family. 

C. S. HOLSINGEB. 



From the Sam's Creek Church, Md. 



I will give you a short sketch of our meet- 
ings, which are among the things of the past. 
On Saturday night, Dec. 12, Eld. Jacob Hed- 
rick, of Midland, Va., commenced a series of 
meetings, and continued until Monday night, 
the 21st, when he preached his last sermon to 
a large and attentive audience. He preached 
ten sermons in all. On Tuesday, Bro. Jacob 
took the train at New Windsor, on his way 
home, and our love and best wishes went with 
him. Come again, Bro. Jacob, you will be 
very welcome. We felt very much revived 
and enoouraged, through the labors of our 
dear brother while with us. His preaching 
was delivered with much power and demon- 
stration of the Spirit. The people of our 
community are mostly Methodists, both 
Northern and Southern. Consequently our 
congregation was composed mostly of Meth- 
odist people, who seemed to take an interest 
in Bro. Jacob's manner of preaching the gos- 
pel, notwithstanding it was quite in opposi- 
tion to what they practice. The meetings 
were well attended, and good feeling seemed 
to prevail. 

One night during the meeting, the brother 



took for his text, "Strive to enter in at the 
straight gate. For many, I say unto you, 
will seek to enter in, and shall not be able." 
Luke 13: 24. The brother, in the beginning 
of his remarks, said to his congregation that 
he would try to tell them what was safe 
ground to oocupy, and what they must do, in 
order to be saved, and by the time he was 
through with his subject they would all 
agree with him, and the only differences be- 
tween them and us would be in the prac- 
tice of the gospel. Sure enough, at the end 
of his sermon all the Brethren and Methodists 
were ready to admit that if we all lived up 
strictly to what he preached, we would be on 
the safe side of the question, except one 
Methodist lady, who said, "We will agree to 
disagree," as much as to say that not every 
word that cometh from God is essential to 
our salvation. 

Although there was none added to the 
church during our meetings, yet we believe 
much good was accomplished. The brother 
did not shun to declare the whole counsel of 
God. 

On Tuesday morning, Dec. 22, our beloved 
sister Mary Miller, Bro. Samuel Miller's 
companion, and family took the train at New 
Windsor, on their way to Southern Kansas, 
where Bro. Samuel secured a home last fall. 
We hope they all have landed in safety before 
this time. 

On last Sunday morning, Dec. 27, after our 
regular meeting, Willie B. Franklin was in- 
stalled into the ministry by Eld. Solomon 
Stoner. Eld. John Flory, of Va., and Eld. 
Switzer of Kan., were present. Bro. Switzer 
preached a very interesting sermon. 

Wm. H. Franklin. 



From Neosho Co. Church, Eau. 



The Messenger^s a'Jweloome visitor to 
our home and family. We are always glad 
to hear, through the Messenger, from the 
different churches, and the good work that is 
being done in different places, in trying to 
save souls and build- up Christ's kingdom 
here upon earth. 

We are also glad to report to you, that the 
members of the Neosho county church are 
in love and union. Although this church 
has been tried within the last year, as other 
churches have been tried by the so-called 
Progressives, the church stood firm and 
together. The big work the Progressives 
were going to do has been defeated to a cer- 
tain extent. 

Ten have been added to the church by bap- 
tism within the last [year, fifteen by letter, 
and four went with the Progressives. We 
have our regular social meetings, which are 
well attended. All seem to enjoy themselves 
at those meetings. My opinion is, Brethren, 
that we can do as much in building up and 
strengthening the church and the cause, at 
these meetingsas we can'anywhere else. 

The weather has been delightful all along 
during the winter and, fall at this'plaoe.'up to 
this date," Jan. 3, but now tbere*48 a^'qtrong 
wind from the north-weit, with snow and 
cold. Farmeri havo been plowing during 



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the Holidays, and in fact ther8 was every ap- 
pearance of spring. The elm, which makes 
the first appearance, looked quite green, and 
the cotton-wood bud was swelled, ready to 
put forth the leaf. M. O. Hodgden. 

Qalesburg, Kan. 



From the Olatlie Church, Kan. 



We were called to the above-named church 
on a mission of love, and on the 17th of Dec. 
I mounted my horse and traveled about for- 
ty-three miles; arrived at Bro. Isaac Stude- 
baker's same evening. Had five meetings, 
and the church seemed very much revived, 
built up and encouraged, judging from the 
kind treatment we received while with them, 
and the many kind and loving farewell greet- 
ings they gave us when we left them. This 
church is zealously striving to maintain the 
peculiar features and oneness, which should 
characterize God's people. All who desire a 
pleasant church home, would certainly have 
their desires gratified among the Olathe 
members. W. M. Wise. 

Ccnfropolis, Kan. 



From Saginaw Church, Mich. 



Oub regular quarterly council was held at 
the house of sister Ann Albaugh. Had a 
pleasant meeting, though we were made to 
feel sad when we thought of the many times 
we had met there in church council, and 
heard the prayers and admonitions of brother 
Z. Albaugh. But to-day his voice is silent 
to us, and he has gone to receive his crown. 
Bro. George Stome, of Gratiot, was with us 
in council, and remained and preached for 
us one week. No additions to the church, 
but, we believe, there was much good seed 
sown that will spring up and be gathered in 
the future. 

Bro. Daniel Chambers is now our elder. 
Remember us at a throne of grace. 

Levi Bakek. 



From the Middle Creek Church, Iowa. 



We are still trying to serve the Lord as 
beat we can. Our dear old elder, Bro. John 
Gable, is still holding forth the Word in its 
simplicity and purity. On the 18th of Oct. 
our dear Bro. A. M. Dickey, of State Center, 
Marshall Co., came to us, and preached seven 
sermons. He shunned not to preach the gos- 
pel in its purity and power. The brethren and 
fcioters were made to rejoice, and sinners to 
tremble. Our dear brethren preached the 
Word so plain that wayfaring men could not 
help but see, and make choice for themselves. 
There were some good impressions made. 
The interest was good, and the people seem- 
ed pleased with the preaching. The congre- 
gations were large and attentive. We hope 
the dear brother will be abundantly blessed 
for his labors of love, and that his words may 
be as bread cast upon the water, that it may 
bo gathered many days hence. We believe 
if our brother could have stayed a few 
days longer, eome would have come out 
from the ranks of Satan, to serve the 



true and living God. We thank our dear 
brother for his labor among us, and will say, 
Dear brother, come again. Peteb Pfoutz. 



Poor Fund Donations. 

Elijah Horn $8 00 

Sopphat Casselberry 90 

John Brumbaugh 1 00 

Daniel Bear 50 

W. J. Broadwalter 30 

Israel M. Emmet 50 

Thomas Claar 12 

Geo. S. Rubel 1 00 

John Sturgis 1 00 

Eliza Freet 50 

Mathias Graff 50 

Susan Z. Snyder 1 00 

Fred Gumbet : . 25 

Anthony A Miller 25 

P. S. Thomas 50 

Miss Lydia Ball 1 75 

Catharine Beer 40 

John Wertz 1 40 

John Newcomer 50 

Daniel Goodman 50 

Simon Stump 50 

A. E. Evans 40 

D. H. Miller 55 

Eliza A. Wilson 25 

David Holsinger 70 

Annie Shoemaker 1 00 

A. A. Munson 20 

Hallie Beighley 25 

Sarah Bowman 1 00 

Uriah Funk 05 

M. Jordan 1 00 

W. A. Maust 5 00 

Lydia Ball 1 50 

Annie M. Shirk 50 

J. F. Boss 2 00 

Daniel Goodman 50 

Miss Sarah Emmert j . 40 

L. D. Rohrer ; 1 50 

Susanna S wally 25 

B. Harshbarger 25 

M. G. Early 15 

Ella E. Buckwalter l 00 

David Ausherman 25 

A. Brumbaugh 1 00 

J. W. Swigart ■ 50 

Annie R. Root I 00 



In Memoriam. 



Eld. Abraham Replogle died of progress- 
ive paralysis, in the Fairview congregation, 
near Union ville, Appanoose Co., Iowa, Dec. 
31, 1885, aged 79 years and 4 months. 

He was born in Morrison Cove, Bedford 
Co., Pa., in Aug. 1806. He was married at 
about the age of twenty-one years, to Barbara 
Miller, daughter of Eld. Martin Miller, with 
whom he lived about fifty-four years. Four- 
teen children were born to them, ten of whom 
survive him, and all but two are members of 
the church. 

In 1829, he, with his wife, moved to Wayne 
Co., Ind., and settled near Hagerstown. He 
then went to Appanoose Co., Iowa, in 1854. 
He was chosen deacon about the year 1834, 
elected to the ministry in the autumn of 1855, 
and ordained elder, May 31, 1860. 



Funeral discourse by Eld. Wm. E. Strick- 
ler, from John 5: 24-25, to a large audience 
of friends and neighbors. He was a devoted 
disciple of the Lord, from his baptism to the 
day of his death. For over twenty years he 
never failed to attend the council-meetings 
in his congregation. As a minister he was 
earnest, and sometimes eloquent. His labors 
were much appreciated by the church. As 
an Elder, he was energetic and successful. 

Joseph Zook. 



From Carson City, Mich. 



Love and union seems to prevail among us 
who compose the New Haven church. Breth- 
ren Isaac Rairick and Samuel Smith, of the 
Thornapple church, came to see us on a mis- 
sion of love, on Dae. 24, and preached the 
Word to us for several days, and two days 
after they left, Bro. Jesse Winey, of the above 
named church, came to us and has been hold- 
ing forth the Word of Truth. Through 
those meetings, the members are being en- 
couraged and good impressions are being 
made. Hope the good seed that has been 
sown, will soon spring up and bring forth 
fruit to the honor and glory of God. We 
feel very thankful to the brethren for their 
labors with us, trusting the Lord will reward 
and bless them. Come again! 

Eleazab Bossebman. 

Jan. 6, 1886., 



From Leaskdale, Ontario, Canada. 



The following is from a brother who went, 
some years ago, to Nebraska. He there met 
with Brethren, and attended their meetings 
and was baptized. He returned to his home 
in Canada, there met the Brethren in Sep- 
tember and October. His letter tells what 
the fruit might be, if only gathered in. **# 

"As you requested me, when you left here 
in October, to write to you, I do so now 
to let you know that I yet have a strong de- 
sire to have brethren come and preach here 
in these parts and hundreds of other places 
in this goodly land, where there are so many 
honest, worthy people, who know nothing of 
our doctrine, but are trusting in the delusive 
teachings of popular churches. True, they 
have the Bible, and some read it, but cannot 
see that it requires obedience. Whatever 
the minister says is law. I well remember 
how it was with myself, when I had so much 
confidence in those churches, but the Word 
of God shows us so many things we must do, 
if we would be the followers of the meek and 
lowly Jesus. Dear brother, when I see, in 
the Messengeb, accounts of so many good 
meetings that the Brethren had this fall, 
and at some of them as many as ten, 
and, sometimes, twenty ministers, I feel sad 
to think that there are so many places where 
they have no preaching, and so many church- 
es where they have good preachers, and plen- 
ty of them, and still ministers will go and 
hold meetings there for a week or two. Well, 
that is all right, and I am glad they have 
such good meetings. May God bless their 
meetings, and may much good be done and 
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77 



is offered in the gospel, is my prayer. My 
prayer is also that preaching may be done 
where they have never heard it as the Breth- 
ren preach it. I am well aware that many 
brethren are doing all they can, and I thank 
our Heavenly Father that so many sisters 
take such an interest in the missionary work 
as they do. May they do all they can for 
such a noble purpose, and God will surely 
bless them for it. I was much built up in 
meeting with you and the other brethren, 
and wish to do all I can to have brethren 
come to this country to preach. I want you 
to do what you can, and use what influence 
you have, in our favor. I desire an interest 
in your prayers, that God will bless the 
means, for without his blessings it will not 
amount to anything. It would be a good 
time for night meetings now, if we had the 
necessary help, for the snow is not very deep, 
nor the weather very cold. Some winters it 
is very cold and stormy here, after the Holi- 
days. 

Give my best wishes to Bro. Gurner, and 
may God bless you and him with every need- 
ful blessing. May you both be led by the 
true and unerring Spirit of our Heavenly 
Father, so that you may be the means of 
turning many from darkness to light, is my 
prayer. George Hussack. 



From. Richfield, Juniata Co., Pa. 



Bro. J. M. Mohler came to us on the 26th 
of Dec; commenced a series of meetings 
and continued until New Year's evening. 
He preached, in all, eleven interesting ser- 
mons, and he preached the Word with power. 
One precious soul was made willing to follow 
the Savior and was baptized on the follow- 
ing Sunday. It was our young niece, who is 
living with us. We feel to rejoice to see the 
young lambs come into the fold. We felt 
very sorry that Bro. Mohler could not stay 
longer, as the meeting was progressing finely 
when it broke up. Many were impressed to 
think of the necessity of turning to the Lord, 
and a few, we think, are rear the entrance. 
The meetings were very interesting; the 
brethren and sisters feel much revived, and 
hope he will come again. Brethren and 
sisters, pray for us, that we may hold out 
faithful. Abram Benner. 



In Mcmoriam. 



In the Fairview church, near Unionville, 
Iowa, on Nov. 7, 1885, sister Annie Whisler, 
consort of John WhiBler Sr., deceased; aged 
90 years, 6 months and 3 days. 

The subject of this discourse was born in 
Rockbridge Co., Va, May 4, 1795. Her 
maiden name was Spritler. She was mar- 
ried to John Whisler April 6, 1820, with 
whom she lived fifty-three years. She was 
the mother of eight children, five of whom 
are living. She leaves thirty-eight grand- 
children, and seventy-six great-grandchil- 
dren. 

Iu 1831 she moved with her husband to 
Ohio, in 1834 to Ind., and in 1852 they 
moved to Appanoose Co., Iowa. She was 
baptized by Eld. David Hardman, of the 



Brethren's church, in September, 1837, and 
was a faithful member at the time of her 
death. The first two communion meetings 
held in this county were held at her home, 
in the years 185i and 1855. Sister Whisler 
was one of those happily organized individ- 
uals, who go through the world smiling as 
they go, and shedding blessings on all who 
make their acquaintance, and have an ever- 
shining example of grace in the heart. We 
mourn, but not as those who have no hope. 
There is a vacant place in the family circle; 
a loved voice is hushed; but faith points 
heavenward, and rejoices in the assurance 
that her spirit rests with her Savior. 

Funeral services conducted by elders Dan- 
iel and Joseph Zook, from 1 Thess. 4; 14, at 
the Fairview church. 

Amanda A. Leavell. 



From Upper Middletown Valley Church, 
Maryland. 



Eld. D. F. Stouffer came to us at the Gross- 
nickle meeting-house, and remained until the 
29 th. He preached the gospel in its purity 
and simplicity. Notwithstanding the inclem- 
ency of the weather, the meetings were well 
attended, and good order generally prevailed- 
His sermons were interesting and well ap- 
plied. The first was to the members, 
giving to them their duty as Christians, and 
making strong appeals to sinners to for- 
sake their ways, and the unrighteous their 
thoughts, and return unto the Lord, that he 
might have mercy on them and pardon them- 
Daring the meeting twenty-two precious 
souls resolved to throw off the burden of sin, 
to be buried with Christ in baptism, and 
rise to walk in newness of life. Never have 
we seen such an interest awakened in both 
old and young. Many tears were shed ; fa- 
thers and mothers were made to rejoice; sin- 
ners, strong young men, while standing at 
the water-side, and seeing their friends and 
near re latives baptized, were made to cry 
aloud, and determined to forsake the ways of 
sin and become followers of Christ. Truly, 
we have cause to praise God. The only 
thing we have to regret, is, that we could not 
have Bro. Stouffer with us longer. We feel 
confident that there would have been some 
more who would have united with us. We 
now can report to you twenty- eight that were 
baptized duri ng last- summer. 

Geo. Leatherman. 

Harmony, Frederick Co., Md. 



From Pyrmont, Ind. 



On the 28th of Dec. 1885, our much belov- 
ed brother, Noah Fisher, came to us to hold 
a series of meetings, but caught a bad cold, 
and only staid with us till the eve of the 5th 
of Jan. He held forth the Word with pow- 
er. Saints rejoiced, and the angels in heav- 
en rejoiced, in seeing two precious souls give 
their hearts to Jesus, to walk, we trust, iu 
newness of life. Hope they, with us, may hold 
out faithful to the end of the journey. We 
pray for the choicest of heaven's blessings to 
go with our beloved brother wherever he 
goes. Hope we may all heed the good coun- 
sel he gave us, believing it will do us good 



by putting it to practice. Hope also that 
he may soon be able to come back and preach 
for us again. Isaac Wagoner. 

Jan. 5, 188d. 



Notes and Jottiug-s. 



— November 29, was the day appointed for 
us to join Bro. W. R Deeter in the dedica- 
tion services of the new house of worship, in 
the Massissinewa church, Delaware Co., Ind. 
We were then at Bachelor Ran, and our inter- 
est forbade us leaving at the above time. W», 
therefore, left said dedication services in the 
hands of W. R. As W. R's. engagements 
would not allow him to remain as long as the 
Brethren wished the meetings to continue, we, 
therefore, met with them in their new house 
Dec. 11, to continue the meetings. Found a 
large and interested congregation. This is 
a large and flourishing congregation ; have 
had about one hundred additions in the last 
year. Were pleased to find a greater care, 
respecting the usages of the church, than 
when we first visited them, and, as a result, 
love and prosperity. Their house is large, 
convenient, and everything in the house is 
plain, hence an honor to the cause. Like 
Solomon's temple, it went up without a jar. 
Brethren make no greater mistake, when 
building houses of worship, than to violate 
the principles of the church, in the manner 
of the building. It commonly proves to be 
"a golden wedge," "a Babylonish garment," 
concealed in the camp. I now call to mind 
a house that stands vacant. The root of the 
trouble was the unsatisfactory type of the 
building. Confessions do not usually satis- 
factorily settle the above difficulties. Dar- 
ing the above services, there were eleven ad- 
ditions. 

— The Laramie congregation joins Coving- 
ton on the north. It comprises a small, 
but faithful band. The adjoining congrega- 
tions assisted them in building a pleasant 
house of worship, which was dedicated Nov. 
8. Oar esteemed brother, Wm. Boggs, of 
Covington, led in the services. 

— Eld. Henry Ruebsome died at his home, 
near Springfield, Ohio, some years ago. Bro. 
Henry was educated for a Catholic priest in 
Germany. On his long, tedious voyage to 
America, he fell in company with Bro. Heniy 
Kurtz, then a Lutheran priest. At New 
York they separated, as warm friends, i 
tears. After a number of long years, they met 
at an Annual Meeting, to their joy, breth- 
ren in one common faith. It is said that aft- 
er Bro. Henry Kurtz left the Lutheran faith. 
the matter greatly grieved his father in-law, 
upon which he sent Bro. Frederick Loeher, 
who was then an active member in the Luth- 
eran faith, and a school-teacher, to try, if pos- 
sible, to prevail upon Bro Henry to return to 
the Lutheran faith. Bro. Frederick was n 
cousin to sister Kurtz. Bro. Frederick spent 
two days in Bro. Kurtz's house, on his mis- 
sion of love. Having failed, he took his 
leave of Bro. Kurt/.'s family, and, after going 
about eight miles homeward, upon calling op 
and meditating upon Bro. Henry's irresisti- 
ble arguments, returned and demanded bap- 
tism of Bro. Kurtz. I. J. Rosexberuek. 



78 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGEE, 



In Memorial)). 



Sister Hannah Earner, daughter of Elias 
and Sophia Evert, was born in Philadelphia, 
Pa., Feb. 22, 1842. She moved with her par- 
ents to Ohio, thence to Indiana. Was unit- 
ed in marriage to Bro. John Earner in 1866; 
moved to Morgan Co., Mo., in 1867. United 
with the church in 1871. She and her hus- 
band were the first persons baptized in this 
county, Bro. P. C. Lehman and wife being 
the only members here then. Sister Earner 
was one of our working members. By her 
chaste walk and holy conversation she help- 
ed to build up quite a flourishing congrega- 
tion in this county. During her illness, she 
talked to her family and her neighbors, and 
told them how to live to meet her in 
heaven. Her loss is keenly felt by the 
church and the community, and especially by 
the family, — a husband and five children. — 
One of the children has followed the example 
of the mother, and is in the church. As an 
evidence of her high standing in the commu- 
nity, it was the largest funeral we ever saw 
in this community. The occasion was im- 
proved by the writer, from Thess. 4: 13. She 
passed away Dec. 28, 1885, aged forty-three 
years, ten months and five days. 

David Bowman. 



From Sidney, Kosciusko Co., Ind. 



By your permission I will pen you a few 
items of church news, and thereby let your 
many readers know that we are still here, do- 
ing a little good in the cause of our holy re- 
ligion. We are having meeting every Lord's 
day at some point in our territory, with fair 
congregations. We commenced a series of 
meetings on Nov. 21, and continued two 
weeks. Brethren Jeremiah Gump and J. C. 
Murray did most of the preaching, and did it 
well, too. They presented the truth with 
mighty power. They did not shun to declare 
the whole counsel of God. We think much 
good was accomplished, but much more 
might have been done, had all the members 
taken an interest in the meeting. Some ( I 
am sorry to say), did not attend, and conse- 
quently derived no benefit at all. Much harm 
is worked by such a course. We pray God 
that the day may not be far distant when we 
oan see eye to eye, and all speak the same 
thing, and then we may hope to see the 
Spring Creek church prosper, and not until 
then. We had no accessions to the church 
duriDg this meeting. 

The church saw it good, during the meet- 
ing, to oall morn laborers to the ministry and 
office of deacon, and therefore held an elec- 
tion. The lot fell on Daniel Snell for the 
ministry, and Eobert Eoss, Geo. Hardman 
and Lewis Mishler for the office of deacon — 
all zealous brethren. May the good Lord en- 
able them to stand fast in their calling. May 
they do much good in the world, and be a 
blessing to the church, and an honor to their 
God. We are now having some winter 
weather, with some snow. Health is quite 
good, and we have an abundance of this 
world's goods, for which we feel very thank- 
ful. The G. M. is now giving pretty general 



satisfaction, and we bespeak for it a prosper- 
ous future and a large circulation. 

E. Miller. 

Dec. 10. 

■ ♦ ■ 

District Meeting of the Southern District 

of Indiana, held in the Raccoon 

Congregation, Montgomery 

Co., Dec. 16, 1885. 



The whole number of congregations in this 
District is twenty- five. All except seven 
were represented by delegates. Whole num- 
ber of papers presented by delegates, eight; 
not all of them, however, were queries. Some 
of those papers are not of sufficient general 
interest to claim space in the Messenger, 
hence we will notice the most important work 
only, and which may give valuable sugges- 
tions. 

The work of the Orphans' Home was among 
the first important business. The Trustees 
reported a sufficiency of money to begin the 
building on the farm. The plan and specifi- 
cations are now submitted to a number of 
bidders, and the work will, according to pres- 
ent arrangements, begin as soon in the spring 
as the weather will permit. The building is 
expected to be completed before the next D. 
M. 

Next, the mission work of Southern Indi- 
ana was reported. Whole number of visits 
made during the year, five; number of acces- 
sions, four. The number of accessions must 
not be considered as the exponent of the la- 
bors performed in the field. When all the 
circumstances are considered, and the amount 
and character of preaching that was done 
during the year, we must conclude that there 
was a vast quantity of the seeds of truth 
sown, which will be reaped by and by. 

But, when we think of the vast, unexplored 
regions, even of the mission field of South- 
ern Indiana, that are veiled in darkness, we 
must conclude that it is a neglected field, and 
vastly too large for our facilities to carry on 
the work as it ought to be. It can be seen 
that tho Southern District of Indiana is 
about one-third larger than both the Middle 
and Northern Districts together. 

Tne meeting took measures to inaugurate 
a special fund for the purpose of building or 
assisting in the erection of church-houses 
in the District. To effect this, a committee 
of three brethren was appointed to build 
such a fund, by formulating a plan to secure 
the means, and apply as directed. Commit- 
tee: David Eichards, Pres.; David F. Peffley, 
Treas. ; Samuel Mohler, Sec. All the elders 
of the District are urged to have their con- 
gregations solicited, and send the money to 
the Treasurer, David F. Peffley, Ladoga, 
Montgomery Co., Ind. 

Query. — Has any arm of the Church a 
r.ght to reject a member, holding a good let- 
ter of recommendation from the church from 
which he moved, provided such letter is pre- 
sented in a reasonable time after the arrival 
of such member in such church? • Ans. — It 
has no such right. 

Query. — Will the Di*i ct Meeting of the 
Southern District of L:< \„na ask Annual 
Meeting to authorize StaniiL^ Committee to 
reject all queries having no answer, repeal- 



ing any and all decisions conflicting with the 
above? Ans. — We ask A. M. to do so. Sent 
to A. M. 

Query. — Is it right, according to the gos- 
pel, for an elder to have the oversight of 
three or four churches, when there are breth- 
ren in them who could fill the office as elder? 
Ans.— Not right. 

The meeting passed off pleasantly, with 
Bro. Isaac Billheimer as Moderator, John H. 
Cay lor as Eeader, and the writer as Clerk. — 
Isaac Billheimer is our representative on the 
Standing Committee. 

According to previous arrangement, I re- 
mained in the Eaccoon congregation, and 
preached, beginning on the evening of the 
17th, and continued until the 27th. Had one 
meeting in Whitesville during the time. The 
weather, bad roads and holidays were some- 
what against us; had good interest, but not 
very large congregations. Had five acces- 
sions. This congregation is in a prosperous 
condition. Have had twenty-one acces- 
sions since last May, one or two by letter. — 
It is under the care of Eld. Wm. Harshbar- 
ger, with Eld. Matthias Fiantz, assisted 
by brethren Wm. Sawter, Thomas Watkins 
and Thomas Everson, and a number of intel- 
ligent and energetic deacons. May the bless- 
ings of God rest on this church, and may the 
well-meant sacrifices, given while with them, 
end in a rich reward. Lewis W. Teeter. 



In Memoriam. 



Nancy J. Mohler, late of the Stone Lick 
congregation, Clermont Co., O., passed peace- 
fully from her earthly home, on Thursday, 
Oct. 15, after a short illness. Sister Mohler 
was born Nov. 3, 1830, in Adams Co., O., and 
at the age of eighteen was married to John 
Mohler. Two years later she united with 
the church, the rite of baptism being admin- 
istered by Eld. Eobert Calvert. Thus, calm- 
ly, as vanished the sunlight of a cloudless 
day, passed away the spirit of a faithful and 
devoted loving sister, and minister's compan- 
ion, to the pure and brighter sunlight of 
God's presence above. The writer attended 
the love-feast with the Brethren at Stone 
Lick, Oct. 3, where sister M , although in 
failing health at the time, was, nevertheless, 
permitted to be present, and for the last time 
partook of the sacred emblems of the Lord's 
house. Though dead, she yet speaketh. May 
others profit by her good example. 

S. W. Hoover. 



From Meyersdale, Pa. 



The Brethren of the Summit congregation 
decided to hold a love-feast on Christmas. 
As we received quite a number of members 
into the church of late, we thought it no 
more than right to give them the privilege of 
attending to all the ordinances of God's 
house, and it is now in the past. We must 
say it was a feast of love. Indeed, love, 
union, and harmony seemed to be among us. 
All the members enjoyed it so well, because 
we oould have it on Christ's birthday. Some 
brethren and sisters expressed themselves to 



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79 



me, that they were so well pleased, that they 
think we should always have it on that day. 
There were members there eighty years old, 
and I don't think there was one there, that ev- 
er had the opportunity of communing on that 
day, until then. The brethren and sisters' 
desire and prayer was, if we only can have 
good weather, and the good Lord suffered it 
to be so. It was not very cold, the ground 
was frozen, no snow, so that all had a chance 
to come on foot or conveyance. Our young 
sisters seemed very zealous in the work of 
preparing the tables, so the elder ones did 
not need to do much. We had preaching at 
10 A. M., and the examination services com- 
menced at 4 o'clock. 

While the tables were being prepared, we 
held a choice for deacons, with a full vote, 
with the exception of a few. The lot fell up- 
on Samuel K. Hochstedler, iSfoah Gnsgey, 
and Peter M. Saylor. 

Ministers present were, C. G. Lint, of 
Meyersdale, Josiah Berkley, Valentine 
Blough, Jacob P. Miller, Geo. W. Lowery, of 
Middle Creek. 

I hope our feast will long be remembered, 
and the Lord be praised for all. 

Joel Gnagey. 

FALLEN ASLEEP. 

" Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord." 

JOHNSONBAUGH.— In the Nettle Creek church, 
Wajne Co., Ind ., Dec. 9, Elizabeth Luetta, daughter 
of Bro. Henry and sister Susan Johnsonbaugh, aged 8 
years and 27 days. 

JOHNSONBAUGH.— At the same place and time, Sa- 
rah Lodelln, youngest daughter of the above-named 
parents, aged 3 years, 2 months and 25 days. 
They were buried in the same casket; died but three 
hours apart. The cause of their death was scarlet and 
brain fever. The parents of the deceased children tender 
their sincere thanks to the neighbors and friends for their 
kindness shown them in time of sickness, and time of 
death. They also thank the pall-bearers for their kind 
assistance. Daniel Bowman and the writer preached 
the funeral sermon, to a large congregation. 

Lewis Kinsby. 

STEEL.- Oct. 18, sister Laura Steel, aged 32 years, 4 
months and 8 days. 

She was born in Waynesboro, Franklin Co., Pa. 
Came to St. Joseph Co., Ind., with her father. George H. 
Harbaugh, and family, when she was thirteen years old. 
She united with the church when about seventeen, and 
lived an humble and consistent Christian life, adorning 
her profession with humility and good works, until 
the Lord called her up higher. Shi' was united in mar- 
riage with Daniel Steel in April, 1881. She leaves a 
husband and friends to mourn the loss of on •• that has 
gone before, but not without hope, having full assurance 
of faith, so that in her last moments she called her hus- 
band to her and said, "Good bye, I am going home," 
and then died, without, a struggle or a sigh. Funeral 
services by brethren Amos Peters and Jacob Hildebrand, 
to a large and sjmpathizmg congregation. 

A. M. Rutel 

GARLING.— At Keuka, Fla., Jan. 7, of consumption, 
sister Eunice (Jailing, aged 2!) years, 10 months and 
11 days. 
SLe leaves a husband and one child, one year old. 
Sister Garling c.ime to Florida nearly two years ago, and 
for a time seemed to improve, but the fata] disease prov- 
ed too much for her vitality; fo, alter a long illness, she 
passed quietly over the river, leaving behind many 
friends. She was loved and respected by all, for she was 
a Christhn lady of ran 1 parity She was the lirst one to 
occupy a place in the new cemetery at Keuka. Funeral 
services by the writer, from "And whs carried by the an- 
gels into Abraham's bosom." J. H. Mookk. 



CASSLER.— In the West Nimishillen church, Stark Co , 
O., Jan. 1, Bro. Jacob Cassler, aged 35 years, 10 
months and 3 days. 
He was born Feb. 28, 1850. He joined the church 
about one year ago, and lived a Christian life until death. 
He was respected by all who knew him. He had many 
fiiends, was a good neighbor, a kind husband and lov- 
ing father. He leaves a wife and three children to 
mourn their loss. Funeral services by brethren Noah 
Longanecker and Samuel Sprankel. E. S. Younc 

BAKER. — In the Woodstock church, Shenandoah Co., 
Va., Jan. 9, Bro. Thomas Baker, aged 72 years and 1 
day. Funeral services by the writer, assisted by H. 
Early, from 2 Tim. 4: G, 7. S. A. Shaver. 

I VING. — In the same congregation, Jan. 4, Bro. Amos 
Iving, aged 88 years, 7 months and 4 days. He leaves 
many children, grandchildren and friends to mourn 
their loss. Funeral services by the writer. 

David Nefk. 

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Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Feb. 9, 1886. No. 6. 



Vol. 24, Old Series. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



H. B. BRUMBAUGH, Editor, 

And Business Manager of the Eastern House, Box 60, 

Huntingdon, Pa. 



Bko. Quinter goes to Somerset county this week, 
and is to do somepreachingfor the Brethren there. 



Bko. Hope is spending part of his time at Mal- 
um, Sweden, at which place his mail will reach 
him. His wife is not enjoying good health. 



We have on hand some very fine Marriage Cer- 
tificates, ranging from 25 cents up to $1.00. They 
are as fine as can be made, and will not fail to 
please. 

The Brethren of New Enterprise, Pa., are hav- 
ing a very interesting meeting. Bro. J. C. John- 
son, of Masontown, Pa., is laboring for them. The 
interest was good and the attendance very large. 



Archibald Ciiimiciiel, of^ Johnson Grove, 
Tenn., wishes to hear from brethren F. W. Hove 
and Conrad Bashor. He also would be pleased to 
hear from Eld. John Lair, who, he says, baptized 
him. 

Sister Lizzie Bawlins, of Chicago, informs us 
that Bro. Yundt, of Naperville, preached for them 
on last Sunday a week, and that the congregation 
was pleased and edified. "We are <rlad to know 
that, at least, a few of the people of this great city 
have the opportunity of hearing the gospel preach- 
ed as believed and practiced by the Brethren; but 
even this is only, comparatively, as a drop in the 
bucket, and should make us feel as did one of old; 
there is yet much land to be possessed. Oh, how 
little is being done for Christ, or rather, to save 
sinners. What we need is a lower estimate on 
worldly gain and a greater value on the soul. 



The Homiletic Magazine of London, commencing 
Volume XLV. with January, 1886, announces that 
an American Edition, issued simultaneously with 
the London Edition, will be published from the of- 
fice of the Pulpit Treasury, 771 Broadway, New 
York. -E. B. Treat, Publisher. This arrangement 
places two first-class Evangelical Magazines— The 
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and others, as the American publisher oilers to 
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age prepaid. The annual subscription to the 
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Treasury, $2.50, 

Tm: Golden Dawn is a !)2-page monthly, covered, 
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The first number of the Dawn was printed last 
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The "Story of the Bible, from Genesis to Reve- 
lations," is a book that should find a place on every 
table in the land; 200,000 copies have already been 
sold. Fully illustrated, contains over 700 pages, 
and can be had for only $1.00. May be ordered 
through us. 

The demand for Bro. Quinter's book on "Trine 
Immersion" is getting quite encouraging, and the 
prospects are that the first edition will be sold in a 
very short time. We are glad to say that it is now 
ready, and orders for the work may be sent iu, and 
will be filled in the order .received. Single copy, 
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To agents who will sell 50 copies or more, a special 
discount is made. Send for our circular, "special 
to agents." 

Bro. W. B. Sell says, the Brethren of the Gentry 
church, Mo., prior to holding a series of meetings, 
distributed a large number of January number of 
the Messenger, to prepare the way for preaching. 
This is a good idea, and an example worthy to be 
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FRAGMENTARY. 



We all, to some extent, have our seasons of joy 
and our depressions of soul. One day we are up 
on the top of the mountain, basking in the pure air 
that sweeps over the summit so fresh and sweet 
that a new life seems to flow in at every pore,— 
the next we are down at the very bottom, dull and 
deadened by the cli ill damps and fogs that refuse 
to be dispersed or driven away. 

Our feelings are as brickie as the weather with 
us,— it is hot, cold, sunshine and clouds, and our 
thoughts run, if not in fractions, in fragments, 
and the more we labor to gather them together, 
the more persistently they fly apart. There are 
times that we can think and write without a sub- 
ject, while at other times, with a host of subjects, 
thoughts stubbornly refuse to come, except in 
fragmentary parts. 

What fickle creatures we are, and how little 
good all of our learning and culture does us! To- 
day we have the courage and stability of a Paul- 
to-morrow we are as a doubting Thomas, and the 
third day Ave play Peter, and openly and shameful- 
ly deny our Master, and trail all of our religion in 
the dust. O, that we were men and women in the 
true sense— good soldiers of Jesus Christ! How 
much better it would be for us, for the world and 
for the church of Christ. 

Is it not a disgrace to our manhood, that any of 
us should be willing to barter heaven away to be 
like the world, and enjoy its pleasures for so short 
a sesison— as it is very short indeed — so short that 
we are in the midst of disappointment before we 
have commenced to realize thai which weso dearly 
bought? It is astounding to know how little value 
some place on their souls. Talk about Esau. Von 
say he was foolish and deserved all he Buffered. — 
The silly man, to go and sell his birthright for a 
mess of garlic and onions. Yes, he was silly 
enough, but his exchange was wisdom to what 
many do now. The world has so fallen in love 
with the devil that there is positively nothing too 
ridiculous for his followers to do to please him. 

lie Is carrying the world, and, lamentable to say, 
the church, too, away with style. The cross of 



Christ is trampled in the dust, while style is the 
god that must be worshipped. Style is the rage. 
This is the style, and, often, a most ridiculous 
thing it is, but no matter; at the cost of the soul it 
must be followed. Hats and bonnets of all the 
conceivable shapes imaginable! Then the hair 
must be banged in front— next some ingenious imp 
bangs it on tire back of the head,— the new style is 
registered on the role of sin, and the clicking of 
thousands of scissors is heard all over the land — 
and tire next morning the willing slave comes 
forth from her chamber, with her hair all knotted 
in paper AA'ads, preparatory to arranging it to go 
to church to sing, "In the cross of Christ I glory," 
or "Jesus, I my cross have taken.*' What hollow 
mockery such Avorship must be in the eyes of a 
kind and gracious God, who has done so much to 
save such poor victims from the power of this very 
devil to Avhomthey are giving such Avilling service. 
Hear brethren and sisters, will we not throw off 
from our shoulders this terrible bondage, and give 
God the glory, to whom it so richly belongs? 

Let us be true to our Hivine Master, and let the 
world go. We cannot serve both, and to barter 
away the joys of heaven for a few of the stinging 
pleasures of sin, is folly too great for rational and 
intelligent creatures to indulge in. 

This is one of the dark spots that have fallen upon 
and marred the beauty of the Church of Christ, 
and gladly do we turn away from it, and could 
Avish it Avere not. There is a brighter side— a more 
k>A-ely picture. Paul is still living, Peter hue been 
converted, and the doubting Thomas has thrust 
his finger deep into the riven side. There are 
those Avho practically and truly love Jesus. Tin se 
souls are so fully imbued with his saving love that 
they are as true as refined gold, and there is noth- 
ing that is able to separate them from that love. 

Quietly, yet lovingly, they are passing through 
the world, giving light and life to all that come in 
contact with them. In the hem of their garments 
is healing power, and to touch them is to receive 
life. 

How we sometimes wish that we could draw 
aside the curtain that hangs between us and the 
other side. Our friends are there and everything 
upon which hope anchors. If we could but have 
a sight of the Eden of God, or catch a glimpse of 
the Golden City, how it would brace us up and 
nerve us for the conflict! Paul had a most glorious 
experience in the third heavens, and Avhen he came 
down he was so filled with the glory there that 
there was nothing able to stand in his way. He 
made haste and delayed not to win the prize and 
receive the crown. 

A good brother told us, not long since, that lie 
had a very happy, if not similar, experience prior 
to his conversion. It led to his conversion, since 
when lie has no peace unless he is in some way la- 
boring for the reeling, and lifting up the fallen 
and needy. Some of us, we hope, have been, at 
least, partly up to the third heavens, if not in our 
Wakeful hours, in our dreams. 

Brother, sister, did you ever dream of being in 
heaven? If not. it is your happy privilege to en- 
joy such dreams. When our minds are deeply stir- 
red up on a subject, we arc apt to dream about it. 
Be stirred up about your duties to God your re- 
sponsibilities— the love of Jesus. the joys of heav- 
en. Let these things be your meditations when 
on your pillow, and sweet sleep will waft your 
soul into "heaven dreamland," from whence to re- 
turn will cause you to weep. 



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Feb. 9, 1888. 



ESSAYS. 



Htudy to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that 

needeth cot be ashamed, rightly dividing the 

Word of Truth. 



THE GOLDEN SIDE. 



SELECTED BY G. A. ELORY. 



"There is many a rest on this road of life, 

If we only would stop to take it, 
And many a tune from the better land, 

If the querulous heart would wake it. 
To the sunny side that is full of hope, 

And whose beautiful trust ne'er faileth, 
The grass is green and the flowers bright, 

Though the wintry storm prevaileth. 

"Better to hope, though the clouds hang low, 

And to keep the eyes still lifted; 
For the sweet blue sky will soon peep through, 

When the ominous clouds are rifted. 
There was never a night without a day, 

Nor an evening without a morning; 
And the darkest hour, the proverb goes, 

Is just before the dawning. 

"There is many a gem in the path of life, 

Which we pass in our idle pleasure, 
That is richer far than jeweled crown, 

Or the miser's hoarded treasure. 
It may be the love of a little child, 

Or a mother's prayer to heaven, 
Or only a beggar's grateful thanks, 

For a cup of water given. 

"Better to weave in the web of life 

A bright and golden filling, 
And to do God's will with a ready heart, 

And hands that are swift and willing, 
Than to snap the delicate silver threads 

Of our curious lives as under, 
And, then, heaven bl.ime for the tangled ends, 

And sit to grieve and wonder. 

THOUGHTS. 



BY JOHN A. MYERS. 

While sitting here to-day, reading and 
looking out upon this snow- covered earth, 
watching the numberless white flakes falling, 
the thought comes to my mind, "The Lord 
by wisdom hath founded the earth." — Prov. 
3:19. 

While reading and trying to understand, my 
mind was turned to the second chapter of 
Acts. When Peter stood up on the day of 
Pentecost, and testified of what Christ had 
done, the Holy Spirit came down and bare 
witness to that fact and men were convicted 
by hundreds and by thousands. Dear read- 
er, do you believe that Christ's death, res- 
urrection, and ascension would not have 
been forgotten as soon as his birth, if it had 
not been for the fact that the Holy Spirit 
had come? It is very clear that when John 
made his appearance on the borders of the 
wilderness, they had forgotten all about the 
wise men coming to Jerusalem to enquire 
where he was that was born King of the 
Jews. That story of his birth seemed to 
have just faded away. They had forgotten 
all about it and when John the Baptist made 
his appearance, it was brought back to their 
minds; if it had not be«n for the Holy Ghost 
coming down to bear witness to Christ, to 
testify of his death and resurrection, these 
facts would have been forgotten as soon as 
his birth. And when Jesus had accomplish- 
ed his work, and choosen his twelve apos- 



tles, they, too, at times, seemed to feel de- 
ceived, but while Jesus was talking to them, 
trying to convince them that he was the 
Christ, — it seems, at last, that he succeeded. 
He said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He 
that believeth on me, the works that I do 
shall he do also; and greater works than 
these shall he do; because I go unto my Fath- 
er."— John 14: 12. 

I fail to comprehend, what greater work 
any man could do than Christ had done? — 
How could any one raise a dead man, who 
had been laid away in the sepulcher, who 
had already began to turn back to dust. — 
But the longer I live, the more I am convinc- 
ed that it is a greater thing to influence a 
man's will, — a man whose will is set against 
God — to have that will broken, and brought 
into subjection to the will of God, than to 
quicken the dead. I think the greatest mir- 
acle this world has ever Been was the mira- 
cle at Pentecost. Here were men, who 
surrounded the apostles, full of prejudice 
full of malice, full of bitterness, their hands 
as it were dripping with the blood of the 
Son of God, and yet, a man stands up and 
preaches the gospel, and about three thou- 
sand of them are immediately converted and 
become disciples of the Lord Jesus Chris-, 
and are willing to lay down their life for 
the Son of God. But Peter did not labor 
alone, the Spirit of God was with him, hence 
the marvelous works — a multitude turned as 
with one heart unto the Lord. The trouble 
is, at this present time, that a great many 
of the so-called ministers of the gospel do 
not feed the people on the Word of God, but 
with sapless sermons and supeifine len- 
guage. They do not present him to the people 
plainly, and that is why the Spirit does not 
lead and guide into all truth. What we 
need is to preach Christ, and present him to 
a perishing world. The world can get along 
without you or me, but the world cannot get 
get along without Christ. I believe that the 
world to-day is hungering and thirsting for 
this divine portion. Thousands and tens of 
thousands are sitting in darkness, knowing 
not of this great Light, but when we begin 
to preach Christ, honestly, faithfully, sin- 
cerely, and truthfully, holding him up, not 
ouraelve3, exalting Christ, and not our the- 
ories; pre3enting Christ and notour opinions; 
advocating Christ, and not some false doc- 
trine; then I think the good Spirit will lead 
and guide our feet into all righteousness and 
true holiness. Dear brethren and sisters, 
let us be careful not to advocate anything 
but Christ, and all his teachings, that we 
may all, with one heart, love and serve the 
Lord, is my sincere desire. 

Colcia, III. 



MOTHER. 



BY GERTRUDE A. VLORY. 

The wind is howling and moaning, and 
creeping into every crevice, — justsuch a time 
as this, thirteen years ago, my brother came 
to my bedside, and said, "Come, sister, moth- 
er's dying." Although I have grown to 



womanhood, aud am now writing by my own 
fireside, the thought of those words, and 
the death-bed scene, will cause my eyes to 
fill with tears, aud my heart with an unut- 
terable longing. 

Will there not be some, who will read 
these humble thoughts, whose hearts will 
throb and eyes overflow, at the memory of a 
loved and loving mother, who has gone to 
the great unknown? If these memories 
bring thoughts of unkindness toward that 
mother, they will be thrice sad and bitter. 
How often do we see a mother toiling for her 
dear ones, and they in return give her not 
one word of praise or thanks, never try to 
lighten her cares by a loving word or a 
friendly kiss! These burdens, if not lifted 
from her shoulders, will break her down. 
She will leave you some of these days. — 
That patient, loving heart wiil cease to beat. 
Those kind, willing hands will be crossed 
upon her lifeless breast. Those neglected 
lips that gave you your first baby kiss, will 
be closed forever, and those eyes that have 
wept over your wrong-doings, will have 
opened in eternity, and then you will ap- 
preciate your mother, but it is too late. — 
How careful, then, ought we to be in our daily 
walk and talk, that we grieve not by word 
or act. Then let us make it as pleasant as 
we can for those around us by our kindness 
and careful thought, for, too often, the most 
loving words are said above the coffin lid, the 
sweetest kisses pressed on lips that do not 
feel them. O, that we might all be more 
like him, who, in his loving care for another, 
provided her a home with his beloved dis- 
ciple; then death would be robbed of more 
than half its bitterness, and we would turn 
from the sorrow of the parting, to the rapt- 
urous meeting "Over There." 

Come one, come all and in his foot-steps tread, 
That you may meet your sainted dead. 
Jan. 9,1886. 



THE STANDARD OP TRUE EDUCA- 
TION, TEACHES HUMILITY. 



BY C. 0. ROOT. 



There is perhaps no reasonable grounds 
for opposition to the claims that ignorance 
is the mother of all superstition. But there 
is room for the question as to what is igno- 
rance, and what is superstition. The bright- 
est gems of Christian manhood, and true 
gospel philosophy are manifest from an edu- 
cational standpoint. This is proved in the 
life, character, and ministry of St. Paul. 
But the samf grandeur and power of true 
holiness of life, of bolduess in Christ, and of 
nearness to God, that was in this learned 
mau, are also found in the illiterate fisher- 
men. Yet, while this is true, the edu- 
cated magistrates of the world, knew of 
Paul's learning, and his power of inspiration 
was, therefore, eclipsed from their sight. 
Viewing his spiritual abilities, from a scien- 
tific standpoint, they thought him beside 
himself, much learning having made him 
mad.— Acts 20: 24. 

It is also true that the spiritually profess- 






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ed Pharisees also thought these unlearned 
Galileans must be full of new wine when 
they demonstrated the power of God, in the 
work of inspiration by the Holy Spirit on 
Pentecost. — Acts 2: 13. But Paul admonish- 
ed the learned in Christ to beware of philos- 
ophy, Col. 2: 8, and to avoid "oppositions of 
science, falsely so called." — 1 Tim. 6: 20. He 
also speaks of "certain philosophers of the 
Epicureans," who spoke of him as a babbler, 
from the manner in whioh he directed his 
learning. — Acts 17: 18. And while Paul, 
the learned, points us down from the emi- 
nence of human education and worldly wis- 
dom, that we "mind not high things, but 
condescend to men of low estate," — Eom. 
12: 16, so do the illiterate, Peter, James 
and John, point upward to the standard of 
true education obtained in the knowledge of 
our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ." — 2 Pet. 
1:1, 8. For example, we take a subject on 
whioh the most learned and the unlearned 
alike agree, but upon which the mass of the 
educated, and the meek and uneducated 
of our age so much differ, and in which 
the mass of philosophic, scientific, Chris- 
tian profession can see nothing at all. 

First, we hear Paul, the learned, and 
Peter, the unlearned, as one voice, in giving 
vent to their education upon this subjeet, so 
that it would seem that the one meant to 
quote the exact language of the other. 

Peter, when instructing the Church with 
reference to a proper personal appearance 
of women, professing godliness, says, 
"Whose adorning, let it not be that outward 
adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing 
of gold, or putting on of apparel; * * * for 
after this manner in the olden time the holy 
women also, who trusted in God, adorned 
themselves, being in subjection to their own 
husbands."— 1 Peter 3: 3, 5. Paul's lan- 
guage is, "In like manner, also, that women 
adorn themselves in modest apparel, with 
shamefacedness and sobriety, not with braid- 
ed hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array." 
Peter, when drawing a figure representing 
the peculiarities of the Church says, "But ye 
are a chosen generation, a royal priest-hood, 
a holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye 
should show forth the praises of him who 
hath called you out of darkness into his mar- 
velous light."— 1 Pet. 2: 9. Paul gives the 
fruits of his learning, in harmony with Peter 
as above quoted, thus: "I beseoch you, there- 
fore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that 
ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy 
and acceptable unto God which is your reason- 
able service. And be not conformed to this 
world: but be ye trans form rd by the renew- 
ing of your minds, that ye might prove what 
is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will 
of God."— Eom. 12: 1, 2. Then we hear an 
eduoated philosopher, representing the 
sentiment of the scienced and popular Chris- 
tians of our age, as well as of the ages of 
primitive Christianity. Milman Gibbon, 
throughout the thirty-seventh chapter of his 
history of Eome, gives various accounts of 
of the early Christians, saying, "Supeistition 
baa often framed and consecrated their fan- 
tastic garments; but their apparent singula- 



rity sometimes proceeds from their uniform 
attachment to a simple and primitive model, 
which the revolutions of fashion have made 
ridiculous in the eyes of mankind. * * * The 
aspect of the genuine, was horrid and dis- 
gusting. Every sensation that is thought of- 
fensive to man, was thought acceptable to 
God." Gibbon, perhaps, gets this idea from 
their doctrine that, "Whatsoever is highly 
esteemed among meD, the same is an abomi- 
nation in the sight of God." 

THE VALUE OP THE SOUL. 



BY SAMUEL MOLSBEE. 



"For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the 
whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a 
man give in exchange for his soul?" Matt. 16: 26. 

What is the soul worth? Who can com- 
pare what the soul of man is worth, and what 
can be given in exchange for it? Yet thou- 
sands undervalue their souls for eome per- 
ishing object. We often contemplate the 
wealth of the Eothschilds, of England. They 
command their millions, but Eothschild lies 
down and dies, leaves all to some one else. 
Just turn your attention to W. H. Vander- 
bilt. 0! what wealth, — two hundred mill- 
ions at his command. He brought nothing 
with him into this world, he lies down and 
dies, and does not take the smallest particle 
away of all he possessed, — all is left behind. — 
What is to compare with the soul, — worthless, 
worthless. Look at wealth in all its phases. 
To-day you may possess, but to-morrow all 
may be gone. The soul attached to it is lost 
{lost, forever lost). 

But here comes up fame, which is so dear 
to the thousands upon earth. Look at him, 
who defies the armies of the living God, and 
when they saw him their hearts became as 
weak as water. But David took this great 
champion, and all the fame and honor he 
once had, disappeared, and he is laid with 
the poor soldier in the earth, and his great- 
ness is only known as past. The soul went 
to God, who gave it. His fame could not 
save his life, much less his soul. 

We gather up the history of another one 
whose fame was heard of in foreign lands, 
and the Queen thought it could not be true, 
so she went to see for herself. She exclaim- 
ed "The half has not been told." (O! how 
great!) Fame has reached out, but poor 
Solomon is only a man. He has to lie down 
and die. Honor, reputation and fame, are 
all left to earth. None of these could save 
life much less his soul. It has to go to God, 
who gave it; such is manl 

I come now to our own native land for 
fame. Just take one look at him who led 
our boys, and fathers, too, to the battle field. 
There the ground was stained with their 
dear blood, and all this was done to get a 
a name. His name was read in almost every 
land. He made a tour around the globe, but 
alas, for it all; a small cancer brings all 
the honor, all the fame to the cold and silent 
grave. All the skill of the laud, with honor 
and fame, could not save the man, much less 
his soul. 

Nothing can be bartered for the lost soul. 



While we are permitted to save the soul, 
let every mortal make use of the mesas that 
have been devised by the Father. 

Nothing but the blood of Jesus can give 
us a right to the home of the soul, and that 
blood can be applied on the terms of the 
glorious gospel. 

"But if we walk in the light as we are in 
the light, we have fellowship one with anoth- 
er, and the blood of Jesus, cleanseth us from 
all sin." 

Except,— O, what language, who can gath- 
er up the meaning: "Except you eat my flesh 
and drink my blood, you have no life in you!" 
The apostle hath declared there is no name 
given under heaven, but the name of Jesus. 

O think! when sacrifices have failed, the 
good of all ages, the martyred prophets of 
earth, no, — not angels even could purchase 
one soul. The beloved disciple, when in the 
lonely Patmos, looked in heaven and under 
the earth, but none was found. But the glad 
tidings nf heaven responded and gave com- 
fort to the weeping John and that welcome 
applause has cheered millions of poor souls, 
since the declaration to John. We look at 
all the wealth of earth, — the fame, the hon- 
or, all fail to purchase one poor soul, but 
when the Father saw us all lost, he manifest- 
that great love to us and then our souls 
were bought by heaven's best gift, — his only 
Son, the lovely Lamb. O! what love to ran- 
som poor souls! This was all that could re- 
concile us to the Father. O! the depth of 
mercy that bought the soul! Hear what 
groans in Gethsemane, and then the dying 
groans of Calvary, all to bring back to the 
Father one lost soul. Hear the cry, "My God, 
my God," all to purchase souls. To this add 
the morning of the resurrection. Who can 
think of the worth of our own soul ? Look 
at the suffering of humanity, then only do we 
realize the worth of our own poor soul, and 
may all realize what this great truth is, and 
what the soul is worth, and may every one 
say, "I will give my all to Christ, it is all I 
can do." 

Alum Well, Tenn., Jan. S, 1886. 

NOTES BY THE WAV. 



BY A. nUTCHIRON. 



After leaving Bridgewater, in Rocking- 
ham Co., my next place of meeting with 
the faithful, was in the Pleasant Valley 
meeting-house, in Augusta, Co., Va., and 
here we again had to leave too soon. The 
meetings here were just getting in good 
working order when it was time to leave for 
some other place. Two expressed their de- 
sire to unite with the church. At this point 
I should say, that this congregation is under 
the care of Elders John and Daniel Miller. 
I stated in a little item, sent in some time ago, 
that this congregation was under the care of 
Elder Levi Garber, but his is an adjoining 
congregation. 

This was not a place where we had expect- 
ed to spend much time, and so, on the way, a 
short call was also made with the Church 
in Botetourt Co., at the Valley Meeting 



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Feb. 9, 1886. 



house. Here we had a few meetings, and two 
made the wise choice, and the home minis- 
ters thought good to continue the meeting 
the next evening, and perhaps longer — have 
not yet heard the result, — the home minis- 
try could do much by a faithful and united 
effort among their own people. 

It too frequently happens that the church 
thinks they cannot have a good meeting 
unless they can have a stranger to do the 
preaching, and while it is true that a stran- 
ger is listened to with interest, it is equally 
true that the home ministry is just as able 
in the Word and doctrine as the stranger. — 
Then, if the church will rally around their 
home ministers as they do around the stran- 
ger, a noble work might be done. There are, 
however, a numbar of places, where the min- 
isters are young and inexperienced, or old 
and on the decline, and in either case it can- 
not be expected that much could be accom- 
plished by a continued effort at such places, 
without the assistance of some one from 
abroad. 

From the Valley meeting-house, I was 
conveyed to this (the Bethlehem meeting- 
house) in Franklin Co. This congregation 
has lately suffered severely in the loss of 
their faithful shepherd (Elder Joel Naff). 
The wound made is deep and general, not 
only in the limits of this congregation, but 
throughout the District. In a case like this 
no one can tell how deep the wound is going 
to be, until it is made, and even then we can- 
not tell except by sad experience. When we 
undertake to do some church work, — we then 
begin to realize how deep the wound is, so 
much so, that we feel utterly powerless to 
move without our foreman. Such is human 
experience. We sometimes only learn to 
know the riches of God's grace and mercies 
to us by having them taken from us. So we 
fail to appreciate our faithful brethren until 
they are removed from us. This congrega- 
tion has stood solid amidst the raging of the 
storms of the past, and we hope itB future 
will be equally successful. Those who now 
have to keep watch over the flock, greatly 
feel their loss, but they should remember 
that Jesus has said, "All power is given to 
me," and the Lord also said, "My grace is 
sufficient for thee." 

Our meetings at this place have been well 
attended up to this time, — will continue here 
a few evenings yet. From Bethlehem we 
went to Antiooh, and held five meetings at 
that place with good and attentive audiences 
We held two meetings at the Old Brick 
meeting-house, two at Bonbrook, one 
at a school-house, and one at Boon's Mill. — 
Brethren should not expect that they can ac- 
complish much in the way of getting their 
children and friends into the churoh, when 
the work is scattered. 

Franklin Co. has a large number of faithful 
members and the Master's cause has many 
very firm and warm friends there who feel 
that they ought to be in the church. A little 
time to work with them is the most that is 
wanting, to do a good work in this county. 
I am now in tho house of Bro. D. C. Moo- 
maw in Fioanoke Co. To-day (Jan. 9th) ia 



the day that I had expected to go to the 
Brethren in Montgomery Co., and even made 
the attempt, in company with Bro. Moomaw. 
We set out, equipped with a faithful horse 
and good buggy, and a liberal supply of 
wraps, but two miles fully convinced us of 
the absurdity of further trying to drive in 
the face of such a storm as was beating upon 
us. A lively gale from the west was con- 
stantly blowing, and soon the roads were so 
filled with drifted snow that our horse was 
not able for the task, and the cold and driven 
snow were too severe for feeble humanity to 
endure. So this is one time in twenty-five 
years that I gave way to a storm. The tem- 
perature is low for this latitude. I will try to 
reach Lindeide, Monroe Co., W. Va., by Jan. 
20th and Oak Hill, Fayette Co., W. Va., 
by Feb. 15th. 

PAINTER'S DISSECTING KNIFE ON 
SPIRITUAL ANATOMY, 

OR 
TWISTING THE GOSPEL OF JESUS. 



BY M. M. ESHEIMAN. 

The Christian Oracle of Oct. 29th 1885 
contains an article from Elder J. H. Fainter, 
an advocate and defender of the system ar- 
ranged and promulgated by Alexander 
Campbell. 

A friend conferred with me with reference 
to discussing feet- washing with Elder P , 
since in his article alluded to he endeavors 
to show that it "forms no part of the Chris 
tian life." I agreed to maintain the Script- 
ural view of this subject if the Oracle 
would admit it. The Editor refused, and 
published a short article, on the same strain 
with Elder P.'s, but said I might reply to 
Elder P., and he himself would answer. — 
This I declined, and now it is desired, that 
I review Elder P's position through the 
Messenger. We are now ready to hear 
Elder Painter in his approach to the Feet- 
washing ordained by the Lord Jesus: 

"To provide for his understanding, the Government 
of heaven has ordained a Statute Book for the citizens 
thereof. The office of this book is to photograph on the 
heart that which is demanded in the life It is the will 
of the King made visible, — exprebscd. But the word of 
the King is his wi 1 made visible, and Jesus being King, 
his word becomes the law of his kingdom. But does 
every word he ever uttered, constitute a part of every 
Christian's life? Not necessarily. 

'Go show thyself to the priest.' 'Cast the net 
on the right side of the ship,' '(to tell that old fox,' 
'Reach hither thy finger and thrust it into my side,' 
and many other things of like nature, are among his 
words, but they form no part of the Christian life 
now." 

"Go show thyself to the priest." — Luke 5: 
14. These are the words of Jesus to a lep- 
rous man; and yet, with all their power to 
build up faith, Elder P. says, "They form no 
part of the Christian life row." Then the 
Book contains that much too much! "Cast 
the net on the right side of the ship," is the 
command of Christ to his seven disciples 
who were not too lazy to fi&h, and etill Elder 
P. insists that those words are useless, form- 
iog "no part of the Christian life now." The 
Holy Ghost made a mistake in bringing it to 
the mind of John who recorded it! Accord- 
ing to Elder P. it should have been left out 
of the Book! 



"Go, tell that fox," are the words of the 
same one Jesus; but if Elder P. had written 
the Book, he would have omitted them on 
the ground that in 1885 they would not be 
needed to form "a part of the Christian life." 
The Book of God contains entirely too much 
for Elder P. He would twist out of a good 
deal of it. 

To Thomas the Lord commanded, "Beach 
hither thy hand and thrust it into my side." 
—John 20: 27. PoBsibly the Holy Spirit 
caused this to be recorded to aid the Chris- 
tian to overcome doubts, but Elder Painter," 
in his eagerness to "twist" feet-washing, 
teaches that the expression of Jesus to 
Thomas forms "no part of the Christian life 
now," — does not mould or fashion the Chris- 
tian life — not even doing a part. He does 
not urge and maintain that those words of 
Jesus form a small part, or some part of the 
Christian life, but no part! What unbelief! 
The Lord Christ says: "The words I speak, 
they are spirit, and they are life." — John 6: 
63. Not only spirit, but also life. Still 
Elder P. has found not only some words — 
not simply a few words of Jesus that have 
no life, but "many other things of like nat- 
ure." This is still a greater leap into the 
fog and mist of unbelief; and that, too, with 
the King's directions clearly and unmistak- 
ably before his eyes. 

What is the Gospel of Jesus for? Is the 
design of heaven to reach the understanding, 
cultivate the affections and intellect, and 
lead to a change of state? Without doubt. 
Then why should any words be left out? 
Since none were omitted that God wanted in 
his Book, and "faith cometh by hearing and 
hearing by the Word of God," how dare a 
teacher insist that there are "many" words 
in the Word which "form no part of the 
Christian life?" Can he have the "life hid 
with Christ in God" without the divine faith, 
and can he have "the faith of Jesus" by 
striking out "many" of the words of Jesus? 
His "words are life," and yet Elder P. 
thinks there are some words — life- producing 
words — that "form no part of the Christian 
life." Well, if Elder P. can, without incur- 
ring the divine wrath, strike out one, two, 
three, four — yea "many" of the historical in- 
cidents of the Gospel, — then, pray, why 
may not Mr. Ingersoll strike out all of them? 
Why not twist out the account of Christ's 
birth, his baptism, crucifixion, death, burial, 
resurrection — yea, uproot the whole system? 
Such is the end of that species of unbelief 
which begins by cutting out what ia not 
popular, or what strikes at the proud and 
puffed up heart. You say this is severe. It 
is a thousand fold less severe than twist- 
ing, and torturing th*t Word dedicated by 
the precious blood of Jesus. To send the 
sword to the heart of the Lord Jesus by un- 
belief and rending of the truth, is much 
more severe than anything the writer might 
say by way of defence of the imperishable 
oracles. 

But Elder P, in his thrusts at the Script- 
ures named, is simply preparing his mind 
and heart not to believe and practice.— John 
13:14,15. He evidently does not want the 



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command and example of Jesus, as recorded 
in John 13: 14, 15, to perform any part in 
forming, moulding, and fashioning his pres- 
ent life. He concludes that the apostles 
were too ignorant to wash their own feet 
when filthy, hence the Savior had to show 
them what and how. Shame on such impu- 
tations! Or he silences his conscience by 
concluding that it was needful that Jesus 
should show "a lesson of humility," so that 
the members might always be ready to 
black the preacher's boots, feed his horse, 
rub him down, harness, and hitch him. — 
These "good works" are the kind of feet- 
washing that the popular clergy believe! It 
is sowing mustard seed and reaping beans 
therefrom. 
But hear him on feet-washing: 

' 'Jesus taught the necessity of faith. It was necessary 
then. 1 s it necessary now ? If is. See Hebrews 11: 
6. He taught that men should repent. Is it their duty 
in the New Dispensation? It is if carried over by 
"them that heard him.' See Acts 2: 38; 3:19; 17: 30, 
etc. He required baptism. Is it required now? It is. 
See Acts 2:38, 10, 47. He taught that men should 
pray. How about that now? 'I will that all men 
pray everywhere, lifting up holy Lands without wrath 
and doubting,' says Paul. Yes, it is confirmed. He 
enjoined-his disciples to wash one another's feet. Is it 
the duty of his disciples now? It is, if it is confirmed; 
if not, then it ceases to be a law, like casting a net on 
the other side of the ship; catchinor fish to get tribute 
money, or preparing a room in which to eat the Fa*!" 
over, and such like. But was feet-washing confirmed ? 
No. Paul visited a church on his way to Rome, and 
worshiped with them, but there is no mention made of 
feet-washing. He made an address to the Elders at 
Ephesus, in which he declares that he had given them 
Ihe/vhole counsel of God. He also wrote them a long 
letter, covering all the main points of the Christian life, 
but nowhere does he speak of feet-washing. 

If it had a place among Christian ordinances, he cer- 
tainly would have mentioned it. 

The only place in which he speaks of it is in a letter to 
a young preacher, and he mentions it in such a way as 
to show that it was not held as an ordinance. He says 
of a certain character— au old member of the church— 
"{/"' she has washed the saints' feet," etc There 
would be no "if" about it if it was a church ordinance. 

Does an apostle ever say of a church member, "If he 
his been baptized?' No. That's an ordinance, and he 
knows that every one was baptized, and hence there's no 
"(/""about it. Not so this matter of feet-washing. It 
stands on the ground of hospitality, entertaining and 
sheltering the saints, the very thing that u being done 
for her in this Scripture. Here we must wait another 
week." 

The Elder makes faith, repentance, bap- 
tism, and prayer, receivable now, on the 
ground of confirmation by them who heard 
Jesus, and in support of this quotes Heb. 2: 
2—4. Certainly it was confirmed, and tha^, 
too, by the Lord direct as given in Mark 16: 
20. He confirmed his word by signs. And 
Paul could well say it was confirmed unto 
them (the apostles), who heard him first, 
"both with signs, and wonders, and divers 
miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost?" He 
not only tells them it was confirmed, but how 
it was oonfirmed. Confirmed "with signs, 
wonders, miracles, and gifts of the Holy 
Ghost." Not confirmed by having out some 
of the things spoken by the Lord. The Eld- 
er teaches that the gospel was confirmed by 
leaving out part. Not quite! 

He insists that the doctrine of repentance, 
as taught by Jesus, is receivable now, provid- 
ed it has been "carried over by them that 
heard him." "Carried over" what? 'Carri- 
ed over" where? What is this mist for? The 
doctrine of repentance taught by Jesus car- 
ried over! The rays of the True Light 
shining on this "carried over" will enable 
the sincere learner to see the hand of sectism 



in it. Does he mean that if repentance be 
found in the Acts and in the Epistles, then 
it should be taught? Evidently this is his 
line of carrying over. Let a little light 
shine upon this. 

Well, brethren at Philippi, what have 
you to say concerning repentance? 

"We know this; Bro. Paul came here, 
preached by the river-side; some heard, re- 
pented, and were baptized. The doctrine of 
evangelical repentance was ably taught us; 
but afterwards Bro. Paul wrote us a letter 
but failed to say a word about repentance. 
Now since he did not confirm it, we quit 
preaching it, and just take people into the 
Church on faith alone." 
Did he not instruct you on baptism? 
" Oh yes, but in his letter he fails to con- 
firm it, and as its use and power to us de- 
pends on its being confirmed in a letter to 
us, and the letter being silent on baptism, 
we also became silent. We heard that Bro. 
Paul wrote something to the Hebrews con- 
cerning repentance and baptism, but as we 
are not Hebrews, and Paul failed to write us 
about those things, we, think they are not 
necessary." We pass on to Thessalonica 
whither Paul went from Philippi. — 
Brethren, did Paul or any other apostle 
who heard Jesus, write you concerning re- 
pentance and baptism? 

"Not a word! Bro. Paul taught thorn 
when with us, but as he did not confirm them 
in his letters to us, we ceased believing them, 
and think a man is justified by faith alone 
which is a very wholesome doctrine and 
soothing to our feelings." 

And you, brethren at Ephesus, what have 
you to say in regard to repentance? 

"Bro. Paul taught it orally, preached it with 
power sent down from heaven; we were con- 
victed, turned to God, were baptized, and be- 
lieved all that was taught us; but sometime 
after we had been organized into a body of 
believers, Bro. Paul wrote us an epistle. — 
Not a word in that epistle about repentance. 
He failed to confirm it, so we ceased preach- 
ing it, as the power of repentance depends 
on it being confirmed in a letter to us." 

We are now at Colosse. Brethren, what 
think ye of repentance ? 

"Bro. Paul planted us, nourished us by the 
Word, and we readily believed, repented and 
were immersed, but since then we have re- 
ceived a letter from Bro. Paul and he fails to 
confirm repentance; therefore we have quit 
preaching it. It must first be confirmed to 
us by them that heard J esus. Bro. Paul s iid 
we had been 'buried with Christ in bap- 
tism 1 and have 'risen with him through the 
faitli of the operation of God.' Now since 
the words 'faith' and 'baptism' occur in 
his letter, we continue to believe and teach 
both faith and baptism ; but repentance is 
out. It has not been 'carried over' in a let- 
tor to us.' 

The Elder can now see how inextricably he 
has become entangled in the meshes of his 
sophistry. His dissecting knife has made 
havoc of his ism, and he stands impaled on 
his own illogical spear. The only remedy 



for him is repentance — a change from unbe- 
lief to divine wisdom and trust. 

Now his "if." Shadrach, Meshach, and 
Abednego, said to Nebuchadnezzar, "If it be 
so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver 
us from the burning fiery furnace, and he 
will deliver us out of thine hand, O, King." 
—Dan. 3: 17. 

According to Elder Painter those three 
men of God were not delivered out of the 
furnace, because they said "if." God did 
not act in their behalf because an if stands 
in connection with the declaration of the 
fearless, faithful friends of God ! 

Another case. 

Peter, while in his boat on the sea of Gal- 
ilee, said to Jesus: "Lord, if it be thou, bid 
me come to thee on the water." — Matt. 14: 
28. 

Elder Painter would have us believe that 
the Lord did not bid Peter, "Come," because 
there is an if in Peter's address. Eldei Pain- 
ter's darkness does not make anything clear. 
Still another witness. 

Paul, too, (Colossians 3: 1) says: "If ye, 
then, be risen with Christ, seek those 
things which are above." He had just writ- 
ten that they had been buried with Christ in 
baptism, and in the text quoted says, "If ye 
then be risen with Christ." This "if stands 
quite near to immersion. 

Of course, the Colossian brethren had no 
need of seeking "those things which are 
above" because an if stands in connection 
with the command. They had been "buried 
with him (Christ) in baptism" and "risen 
with him," and now Paul refers again to this 
rising in baptism, using an "if," but Elder 
Painter would expunge the baptism of the 
brethren at Colosse, because an "if stands 
near to it, or in connection with it. 

There is an if "about it." 

And still more. 

Romans 6: 5. — "If we have been planted to- 
gether in the likeness of his death." Will 
the Elder deny that this planting does not 
refer to baptism? Is there not an if here? 
And yet the Elder insists that there is no if 
"about" baptism. Whom shall we believe, 
Paul, the Holy Spirit, Jesus, and God, or 
Elder P.? Believers indeed will rally under 
the banner of the All-wise, the All-powerful. 

If the Elder desires more ifs in connection 
with divine acts and works, he may examine 
Luke 22: 42, Matt. 5: 13, 23, and 6: 14, 15. 

Will Elder P. deny that the # expression 
"every good work" (1 Tim. o: 10) does not 
include the bread and cup of communion? 
May we hope that he will not plow around 
this stake — not cut down this mark on the 
gospel highway with his little dissecting 
knife? "Diligently followed every good 
work," was a qualification for the poor widow, 
and is a qualification for every believer in 
Jesus. 

We have noticed, we think, all the items 
of Elder P's attack on the Lord's ordinance 
—feet-washing. This will be enough for 
one lesson. 

Belleville, Kan. 



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CHURCH AUTHORITY. 



BY A. W. KEESE. 

The church is a divine institution. It is 
not of human origin. Our Savior declared, 
"Thou art Peter, and upon this rock (Petra a 
rock) will I build rny church, and the gates 
of hell shall not prevail against it,— this Pe- 
ter — this rock upon, which the church is built. 
Upon this declaration the church of Rome 
claims its identity with the primitive Apos- 
tolic church, and derive3 its assumed infalli- 
bility. 

Without entering into any discussion of 
the merits of this claim, or the assumption 
of certain Protestant sects, as to "Apostol- 
ic Sa3ces3ion," we must believe in the indea 
tructability of that visible organization which 
Christ Himself calls "my church," Meam 
Ecclesiam. I suppose it will readily be ad- 
mitted, that the church of Christ has existed 
upon the earth, from the time it was founded 
till the present day. We also believe, that 
it will continue to exist until the end of time. 
Lo! 1 am with you always, says Christ, even 
unto the end of time! 

There is, probably, no dispute about the 
fact, that Christ established but one church 
upon the earth — my church, (not churches) 
said Christ. 

The various divisions and sub -divisions of 
of nominal Christianity make no dispute of 
this fact, but each sect consoles itself with 
the idea that it is the church. We will, also, 
leave the settlement of this question to the 
tests found in the Scriptures of Divine 
Truth. 

The church of the Brethren assumes to be 
the church of Christ, and is willing to sub- 
mit Us claim to the test of God's Word. We 
know that this is the only infallible rule of 
faith and practice. 

Somewhere, then, within the pale of this 
church (Christ's) must be found the necessa- 
ry rules and regulations for its government, 
and absolutely necessary to its perpetuity 
upon eartb. In other words, some vital, in- 
herent power, by which the visible organiza- 
tion, known as the church, must be held to- 
gether, and thus accomplish the ends of its 
institution. No one will pretend to say that 
the church militant is held together, and its 
government administered, by the miraculous 
and direct intervention of its Divine Found- 
er, Himself. 

We believe that the age of miracles, (and 
the necessity for them) has passed away. 
We believe ihat this power, this authority — 
bo far as government is concerned — resides 
in the assemblage of saints, called the church, 
in its prayerful, deliberative capacity. 

We believe that the voice of the church — 
bo expressed— iB the voice of God, and all 
who profess the name of Christ, are under 
moral obligation to obey. If these premises 
be true, the conclusion is irresistible. There 
is no room for doubt. We admit as much in 
our baptismal vows. We promise to "hear 
the church," in other words, yield obedienoe 
to divinely- constituted authority. 

The final penalty of disobedience and in- 
subordination, we all know is excommunica- 



tion from the body of Christ, which body the 
church undoubtedly is. 

Do we, by this declaration, mean to assert, 
as Papists do, that the church is infallible? 
By no means! But, says one, how can it be 
otherwise: for if the voice of the church is 
the voice of God, then it must inevitably, and 
always be right. But we do not claim infallibil- 
ity for man, either in an individual or collect- 
ive capacity; for man is weak, imperfect, fal- 
lible. 

But if "any man be in Christ, he (that 
man) is anew creature." He becomes cloth- 
ed with certain. attributes, which before that 
event he did not possess. Will any one un- 
dertake to controvert this point, in the light 
of God's Word? Certainly not! Then a col- 
lection of such persons — "New creatures in 
Christ Jesus" — under certain divinely ap- 
pointed conditions, becomes the church — not 
a mere human organization in the interest of 
moral reform, but the church of Christ. And 
this church is founded upon that rock, which 
Christ Himself has declared can never be 
moved, and that the gates of hell shall not 
prevail against. 

Its utterances, if guided by the Word of 
God, are authoritative, and cannot be disre- 
garded. Its decisions must be accepted by 
its membership, as legally and morally bind- 
ing upon them. When, then, does the 
church surrender this power? When it 
ceases to reflect the light of God's Word. 
Then, and then only. Will any undertake to 
dispute this premise? I trow not. 

But, says another, may not the church be- 
come so corrupt as to no longer reflect the 
light of God's Word, and thus cease to be the 
appointed organ of God? We answer that it 
is not possible for the entire church to apos- 
tatize — to become utterly venal and corrupt; 
for then God's church would cease to exist 
upon earth. 

The Sun of Righteousness would be ex- 
tinguished, and moral darkness would en- 
shroud the world. God's Word declares that 
this shall never happen while time shall last. 
That hypocrites, deceivers — false breth- 
ren — get into the church, we readily admit. 
Have I not chosen twelve, said our adorable 
Redeemer, and one of you is a devil? If, 
then, in the little band of disciples and per- 
sonal followers of our Lord, one of them was 
"the son of perdition," much more, might we 
not expect, that evil men would impose them- 
selves upon his church in after times? 

So, then, this cannot be used as an argu- 
ment against the divine authority of the 
church. In the Brethren church, where ev- 
ery member, male and female, has a voice in 
determining questions of discipline and 
church polity, it might be urged that a cor- 
rupt majority could not reflect the will of 
God, hence would not be an exponent of the 
mind of God. Therefore such a decision could 
not be morally binding upon the minority. 
This might possibly be true of the individ- 
ual congregation, but could, by r:c means, be 
true of the entire church. 

The way out of suoh a trouble is olear. It 
is prescribed in the time-honored, and divine- 
ly sanctioned order of the ohurch. The ag- 



grieved have their redress, in harmony with 
the rules of the church, and the Word of 
God. But, it might be urged, an expression 
where there is no "thus saith the Lord," 
might be sought enforcement, in opposition 
to the views and wishes of a minority in the 
church, would such actions be binding on 
them? 

It is extremely improbable, that even in 
matters of mere expediency, there would, in 
any case, be found a majority on the side of 
an interpretation not in accord with Divine 
Truth, or at variance with the Spirit of the 
Master. And even if such a case should 
arise, there is a legal remedy within reach of 
all. 

What, then, is the plain duty of members 
of the church? Unquestionably, it is to 
"hear the church," and to obey its legally 
constituted authority. A disregard to this 
principle leads to confusion and disorder in 
church work, and its end is anarchy itself. 
It is worse than idle to cavil at the deliberate 
and solemn utterances of church councils, as 
an exercise of arbitrary power, unauthorized 
by the Word of God. "The powers that be," 
ecclesiastic, as well as civil, "are ordained of 
God," and the duty of submission is plain. 
God is the God of order, and not of confus- 
ion, and his church must have that order, 
and must adhere to "that form of doctrine 
once delivered to the saints." Three-fourths 
of the troubles in our church have their ori- 
gin, and are perpetuated by a disregard for 
these fundamental principles of the gospel 
of Christ. These principles, we hold, are 
exemplified in the established order of the 
Brethren church. The troubles come from 
the disorderly, not the orderly members. 

Those who wish more liberty than the gos- 
pel allows, find fault with the order, because 
it puts restraint upon the carnal inclinations 
of the heart. 

"As many as desire to make a fair show in 
the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcis- 
ed; only lest they should suffer persecution 
for the cross of Christ," Gal. 6: 12. If 
there were no cross in the order of the 
church, I venture to assert, that its opposers 
would be few. 

By the order of the church I do not refer 
solely to its prescribed form of plain, cheap, 
and modest apparel, though no one probably, 
sets more value on this than the writer. 
But by the order of the church is included 
its established customs, and repeated, em- 
phatic deliverances on questions affecting 
the conduct, and, therefore, the moral charac- 
ter and standing of its members. Do we 
need to be told that God's people are a pecu- 
liar people — in every respect — separated 
from the world— consecrated to the service 
of God? 

Do we need, then, to call it an exercise of 
arbitrary power, when the ohurch forbids its 
members to visit places of worldly amuse- 
ment — theatrical exhibitions, circus shows, 
pionics, and other plaoes of questionable re- 
sort? Does a Christian "grow in graoe, and 
in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Je- 
sus Christ," by mixing up in these things? 
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want to wear a gold watcb, a plain gold ring, 
plain sleeve buttons, a plain fashionable 
"duster," or, for that matter, a sister the far- 
famed "plain hat?" Echo answers, "why?" 
Many of the things that give trouble in the 
churchy have their origin in the persistence 
with which disorderly members hang on to 
things that they, and everybody else, know 
to be in violation of the order of the church. 
For, however trivial the thing itself may ap- 
pear to be, it is against the order of the 
church, when that thing gives offence, and 
causes a brother to stumble. One, for in- 
stance, will wear a moustache — ostensibly 
because of conscience — really because of 
fashion, and if remonstrated with, he will 
talk by the weary hour in defence of the 
thing, and want to know where your Script- 
ure is condemning it. And thereby the or- 
derly and judicious are grieved, and those 
wishing more liberty are secretly rejoiced 
that the "old fogies" are worsted in the bat- 
tle. 

What, we might ask, is more disagreeable 
than to salute a brother with a mouthful of 
hair, covered with moisture, and saturated, 
perhaps, with tobacco spittle? Is that a holy 
kiss ? These things ought not to be, and 
would not be, if the rules of the church were 
observed by those, who, coming into the 
Brethren church, profees before God and 
many witnesses, that they ivillingly "re- 
nounce Satan, and all his pernicious ways, 
together with the sinful pleasures of the 
world." 

I am surprised at the folly of brethren and 
sisters trying to imitate the fashionable 
world, or running after the methods of pop- 
ular Christianity, for all they get is to be se- 
cretly, if not openly laughed at for their 
pains. It becomes natural and easy for some 
people to grace the halls of fashion, elegance, 
style, etc., but to most of the Dunkards, such 
attempts are rather awkward at the best. 
And this might be expected of the people of 
God. "Ye cannot serve God and Mammon," 
Christ and the world. If all who come to 
the Brethren church, could see what is fully 
implied in that act, there would be but little 
trouble among the Brethren. It would be a 
happy, united band of humble and devout 
followers of "the meek and lowly Jesus." 
There would be no unhallowed yearnings 
after the "plain hat," or other Babylonish 
garments. No looking back to "the flesh 
pots of Egypt," uostubbornness about coming 
to the order of the church. 

The trouble is that many come to the 
church under the influence of over- zealous, 
but injudicious efforts, on the part of others, 
without counting the cost, and after being in 
the church awhile, they grow tired of its re- 
straints, and long, either for more carnal in- 
dulgence, or boldly "break ranks," and re- 
turn to "the beggarly elements of the 
world." 

These "half-way" converts are to be pitied; 
clinging with one hand to the churcb, and 
with the other to the world, they "are of all 
men most miserable," having no pleasure or 
enjoyment in either. The world laughs at 
them, and the church has no confidence in 



them. When admonished for their incon- 
sistent conduct, they try to excuse and justi- 
fy their course, and finally, after a vast 
amount of trouble to the church, they gener- 
ally settle down into stubborn defiance of its 
authority, and have to be expelled; turned 
out to the world, where they really belong. 
It were far better for all such people, better 
for the world, and infinitely better for the 
churcb, if they had never come at all. Such 
members add no moral strength to the church, 
and are not benefitted themselves. The 
trouble is, such were never converted, in the 
gospel sense of that term. "If any man have 
not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His." 
What we all need, dear Brethren, is more of 
the Spirit of the Master; more of the grace 
of God; more humility; more meekness; 
more forbearance; more love. 

By this shall all men know, says our bless- 
ed Lord, that ye are my disciples, if ye have 
love one towards another. 

Whoso cometh to the church in this spirit, 
will never give the church any trouble. He 
will not oppose the lawful exercise of its 
power, nor be a disturber of its peace. 

Warrensburg, Mo. 

THE FUNNY MAN. 



BY D. ROWLAND. 

In all men is a propensity tending to 
amusement. In some it is cultivated, and an 
outward expression makes it manifest to ob- 
serving associates. 

It seems to be a disposition implanted by 
God, hence, when temperately engaged in, 
may not condemn the individual. Amuse- 
ment and recreation are of two kinds, mor- 
al and immoral. One may delight in 
singing the songs of Zion, or reading some 
good religious work, either of which is strict- 
ly moral. 

The funny man will seek the kind of 
amusement that will only gratify carnal pro- 
pensities; to satisfy a perverted nature; to 
have the applause of his fellow-men. Some 
men try to be funny upon certain public oc- 
casions, much to the disgust of the company. 
At public gatherings, men who want to be 
smart palm off a great deal of wit, which is 
neither profitable to the company, nor pru- 
dent to themselves. It shows the shallownes 3 
of their understanding. 

Public men, of the political world, like to 
speak their witty sayings to an enthusiastic as- 
sembly of politicians. Of course we don't ex- 
pect much else from them, for it is all of this 
world. But solid, thinking, sober men soon 
become tired of such nonsense, and want 
something more substantial upon which to 
feed their minds. 

Men sometimes try to be funny in the pul- 
pit, telling amusing and funny anecdotes, 
seemiugly not remembering that Solomon 
says, "It is better to go to the house of 
mourning tbau to the house of feasting; sor- 
sow is better than laughter; for by the sad- 
ness of the countenance, the heart is made 
better." Ecol. 7: 3. 

We remember that it is written, an assem- 



bly once laughed at the best preacher that 
was ever put upon the earth. Matt 9: 24. 
But notice, it was not the funny expressions 
that made them laugh, but the seemingly in- 
credulous power he assumed. To-day we have 
preachers who seem to delight in using wit- 
ticisms, to the amusement of the audience. 
Why? Possibly because the people want it 
so, or possibly that their profession be made 
manifest, for when it is brought to the light, 
it is made manifest that it is the wisdom of 
this world, sensual, devilish, and not 
from above. Jas. 3: 15. How ridiculous 
to hear silly, laughable, little anecdotes from 
the pulpit, by men of God (no, not men of 
God, for in all the Bible we do not read of 
men of God doing so), "who should speak 
forth the words of truth and soberness." Acts 
26: 25. 

Paul says, "Exhort the young men to be 
sober-minded." Tit. 2: 6. Yet in the face of 
all this, men put forth their witty sayings to 
receive the applause of men, and not of God. 
There are thousands of light-minded, silly 
men and women who think it grand to hear 
those anecdotes. 

Why ? Possibly because they have never 
been born again, for Paul says, "The things 
I once loved, I now hate," — referring to the 
carnal pleasures of this life. The old man 
has not been crucified, with the deeds there- 
of. 

Of all the places on the earth that men 
should speak soberly, it certainly is in the 
pulpit, holding forth the words of eternal 
life. 

No wonder there are skeptics and infidels, 
when men professing godliness, will, upon 
what should be the most sacred occasions, 
manifest the works that belong to the devil. 
Dear Brethren, let us do away with such su- 
perfluity of naughtiness, and seek the engraft- 
ed Word, which is able to save our souls. 
Preach the Word. 

Probably we have said too much, but ob- 
servation and investigation causes us to 
write to the Brethren. 

Lanark, 111. 



A lady living in Nangatuck while looking 
over the old family Bible recently, found an 
old colonial six pound note, dated 1758. The 
note was good for seventeen ounces, ten pen- 
nyweight of silver in New Jersey. On one 
side was printed, "To counterfeit this is 
death." How it oame into the Bible, no one 
knows. There are more valuable things than 
money which can be found by seekers. 



Frederick W. Krummacher says: — "God 
often lets his people reach the shore as 
on planks of a shipwrecked vessel. He de- 
prives us of the cisterns, in order to make us 
drink out of the fountains of waters. He 
frequently takes away our supports, not that 
we may fall to the ground, but that he him- 
self may become our rod and staff. The em- 
barrassments of his people are only the fes- 
tive scaffoldings, on which his might, his 
faithfulness, and his mercy celebrate their 
triumphs. 



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Feb. 9, 1S86. 



The meetings at Naperville, 111., closed 
with nine accessions to the church by bap- 
tism. 

Will E. S. Brown please send us his post- 
office address, so that we may be able to com- 
ply with his request? 

Sister Emily W. Stiller, of Hollidaysburg, 
Pa., would like to hear from Hannah Hollow- 
bush, of Pottstown, Pa. 



Bro. O. F. Yount was expected to begin a 
series of meetings for the Brethren of the 
Somerset church, Ind., on the 5th inst. 



The Brethren of the Osage churcb, Kan., 
have just closed another series of meetings. 
See Bro. Wolfe's report in another column. 



Bro. I. D. Parker, of Ashland, O., writes: 
" We closed a series of meetings in the Mo- 
hican church yesterday. Six accessions by 
baptism and three reclaimed." 



We have a letter containing $1.50 for the 
Messenger from Joseph Russel, but the writ- 
er forgot to inform us where to send the pa- 
per. We cannot make any disposition of the 
money until we get the writer's address. 



Bro. J. J. Emmert, of Mt. Carroll, 111., 
sends us a card with tbe following news: 
"One sister was received by baptism on last 
Sunday. Thunk the Lord. Wo gather them 
in slowly, but hope that the work is perma- 
nent." 

Our meetings are still in progress in the 
College Chapel. Four were baptized last 
Sunday, three of whom were students. Oth- 
ers are deeply impreesed with the importance 
of giving theii lives to Christ. The meet- 
ings are largely attended, and much interest 
is manifested in them. 



Bro. J. F. Neher, of Monmouth, Kansas, 
thinks that the space we now use in the Mes- 
senger for marriage notices might be devot- 
ed to more useful information. What do our 
Brethren think of this? Let us hear from 
you. 

Logan church, Ohio, has had a season of 
rejoicing. Bro. Yount was with them and 
held a two weeks' meeting. Twelve were re- 
ceived into the church by baptism, and one 
reclaimed. Among the number was one of 
our former students, Bro. M. V. Shauver. 
We rejoice with those who rejoice. 



One was baptized at Pine Creek, 111., last 
Sunday. The meetings at that place, con- 
ducted mostly by the home ministers, are 
among the most largely attended meetings 
ever held in that church. May the Lord 
bless the earnest efforts of the brethren there, 
by giving them a plenteous harvest of pre- 
cious souls. 

Bro. Geo. H. Cox, of New Carlisle, Ohio, 
sends us a report of their meeting. Bro. 
Lewis W. Teeter preached thirty-two ser- 
mons for them, and nine were converted and 
added to the church by baptism. Bro. Hen- 
ry Frantz, who has been very sick, is recov- 
ering slowly, and it is hoped that he will 
soon regain his health again. 



Bro. Enoch Eby, under date of Jan. 30, 
"The home ministers of Waddam's 
Grove, III, are holding meetings now, and 
we much desire ministerial help. Who will 
respond ? Do not depend on each other too 
much. Stop at Waddam's Grove Station, go 
to Bro. Geo. Myers', near the depot, and you 
will get to the appointment." 



Bro. Samuel Murray, of the Salimony 
church, Ind., writes: "Oar meeting closed 
last evening. In my last letter, I said we 
closed with four additions. The Brethren 
thought it best to resume the work and con- 
tinue the meeting. Now we can chronicle, in 
all, thirteen additions by baptism. May the 
Lord enable them to press forward and up- 
ward, to the mark of the prize of the high 
calling of the Lord, making their calling 
and election sure, while it is time with them, 
knowing that the night is coming wherein no 
man can work. Then let us all work while 
it is day with us." 



After closing the meetings in Lanark, 111., 
Bro. J. M. Mohler went to the Cherry Grove 
meeting-house, about three miles north of the 
above-named place, and commenced a series 
of meetings. On Sunday, Jan. 31, eighteen 
were baptized, among whom were some of 
those who had listened to Bro. M's. earnest 
appeals in Lanark. The meetings continue, 
and six more have come out on the Lord's 
side and have asked to be received into the 
church by baptism. Surely the churches in 
and around Lanark are enjoying a glorious 
season of refreshing from the presence of 
the Lord. May the good work continue un- 
til all those who shall be saved are added to 
the fold of Christ. Bro. Mohler expects to 
go from Cherry Grove to Shannon, 111. 



From Bro. J. S. Snowberger, of Utica, 
Neb., we learn that they had interesting 
meetings Jan. 31, morning and evening. He 
says: "Bro. L. Petry, of Eldorado, Preble 
Co., O., was with us and helped in the minis- 
tration of the Word, and gave some royal 
crumbs to the hungry souls, so that all could 
feast on good things in the sanctuary. One 
precious soul came out to cast his lot with 
God's people, and was buried with Christ in 
baptism. We think others are not far from 
the kingdom. May God bless us all." 



We have just received the following no- 
tice, relative to the health of our aged brother, 
Eld. Daniel M. Holsinger. We deeply sym- 
pathize with him in his severe affliction, and 
pray God to brighten his pathway to the grave, 
and to be his support as he passes through 
the valley and shadow of death. We also ex- 
tend our heart-felt sympathies to the mem- 
bers of the afflicted family. 

Clover Creek, Pa., Jan. 26, 1886. 
Brethren : — 

My father is quite poorly, aDd is failing vapidly. 
He is in his seventy- fourth year, and has been blind for a 
number of years. He is afflicted with Bright 's disease. 
Fraternally, 

H. R. Holsinger. 



We have just printed a four-page tract at 
this office, under the title of "Come, Let Us 
Beason Together." It is a direct appeal to 
the members of the church who have become 
addicted to the use of tobacco, and gives 
some clear and conclusive reasons why they 
should not use the weed. It was written by 
a brother who was, for many years, a slave 
to tobacco, and he fully understands the sub- 
ject. So anxious is he to have the Church 
rid of this habit, that he has had 5000 of 
these tracts printed at his own expense, and 
placed them in our hands for free distribu- 
tion. Those desiring to distribute them and 
help in the work, can get as many as they can 
use, by ordering and sending stamps to pay 
postage. A two-cent stamp will pay the 
postage on 25, four cents on 50, and eight 
cents on 100. Send in your orders and dis- 
tribute the tract free where it will do the 
most good. 

In looking over our large correspondence, 
and noting the good work being done in 
many parts of the Brotherhood, we are im- 
pressed with the thought that God blesses us 
in proportion to the amount of work we do 
in his cause. A church that is alive, full of 
zeal and of good works, will have numberless 
blessings to thank God for, whilst the church 
that is cold, lifeless, and dead, will not re- 
ceive the blessings that come from earnest 
Christian effort. If to-day our united Broth- 
erhood should arise in the might of God's 
strength, and zealously and earnestly work 
for the conversion and salvation of sinners, 
before the warmth of the spring-time sun 
would unlock the frozen grasp of winter, a 
song of rejoicing would go up to heaven 
from thousands of newborn souls, and the 
angels of God, catching up the anthem of 
praise, heaven itself would resound with joy 
and gladness over precious souls born into 
the kingdom of Christ. 



Feb. 9, 1886. 



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GOSJPBL MESSISNGrEH. 



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THE GOLDEN DAWN. 



Many of our readers may not fully under- 
stand the mission of the Golden Dawn, and 
we therefore think it proper to make a few 
statements. First, it is designed to furnish 
a healthful and entertaining class of litera- 
ture for young men and women. It discour- 
ages, in the strongest terms, all vice, and en- 
courages everything that is good. In short, 
it will aim to give the youth right views of 
life, cultivate a taste for literature, and lift 
them to a higher plane of living. 

Second, it aims to aid our Sunday-school 
work. Oar workers need the experience and 
help of their fellow-workers. In many local- 
ities the Sunday-school work is comparative- 
ly new. the officers and teachers are inexperi- 
enced, and need the suggestions of those who 
have had more experience. In view of this 
we have in the Dawn a Sunday-school de- 
partment, in which we invite a free inter- 
change of thought on all matters pertaining 
to the Sunday-school work. We propose, al- 
so, to open a querist's drawer in this depart- 
ment, in which may be deposited queries 
pertaining to the Sunday-school. These que- 
ries will then be open for discussion by the 
workers. A medium of this kind, we feel, is 
very much needed, and can be made very in- 
teresting and instructive, if those interested 
in Sunday-school work will improve their 
opportunities. 

Third, it will aim to aid and encourage our 
educational work. It has been thought best, 
by some, not to occupy very much space in 
our church paper with our educational inter- 
ests, hence we need a medium through which 
we can advertise and encourage this work. — 
For this purpose we have in the Dawn an 
educational department, in which all our 
schools have full liberty to give such notes 
as they may see fit. No partiality will be 
shown. Every effort in this direction needs 
to be encouraged, and there is no occasion 
for jealousy or rivalry among the workers. — 
Every outcropping of a feeling of this kind 
should be promptly suppressed. We should 
all freely unite in our educational work, and 
we therefore propose to make the Dawn a 
medium for all our schools. One or two of 
our schools have not used our columns very 
much, but it has been no fault of the pub- 
lishers. We solicit notes and communica- 
tions from all our schools. 

The Dawn will also encourage missionary 
and charitable work. We have now given an 
outline of the aims of the Dawn, and we 
kindly ask our readers to give our work con- 
sideration. We are meeting with considera- 
ble encouragement, and we are fully convinc- 
ed, that if those who are friendly to its mis- 
sion, will help us, the Dawn can, in a short 
time, be made a grand success. Send for 
sample copies and agent's outfit at once, and 
give us a good list for 188(5. J. B. B. 



QUERISTS' DEPARTMENT. 

"1 was reading this evening in a book, and it was de- 
clared that when Christ was crucified, he descended into 
hell, and the third day arose from the dead and ascend- 
ed into heaven. What are we to understand by the say- 
ing that Christ descended into hell? Has it reference 
to the grave? Please explain in the Messknoeb. I 
have studied it considerably, but cannot see why Christ 
should descend into hell." ( An extract from a letter.) 

We presume that the saying that "He de- 
scended into hell," which the querist read, 
and upon which an explanation is desired, is 
from the Apostles' Creed. In this Creed, 
and in reference to Christ, it is said, "He de- 
scended into hell," What is called the Apos- 
tles 1 Creed is a summary of Christian faith 
drawn up at an early age of the Church, and 
attributed, by some, to the Apostles. But 
this creed is not the work of the Apostles, 
though it originated in an early age of the 
Church. 

This is a subject that is not free from diffi- 
culty. Peter declared, on the day of Pente- 
cost, Acts 2: 31, in speaking of Christ, "that 
his soul was not left in hell." The Kevised 
Version has hades instead of hell. And the 
Bevision of the American Bible Union has 
the underworld. So it is a fact, according to 
Peter's statement, that the soul of Christ was 
in hades. The fact is plain, whatever the 
meaning of it may be. There have been 
quite a variety of explanations given upon it, 
but we shall not name them here. 

The fact that Christ went into hell will be 
relieved of considerable of the difficulty con- 
nected with it, when it is understood that the 
Greek word hades may be translated hades, 
or by some word that expresses the invisible 
world. Hell being one of the terms used to 
express the place of punishment for the 
wicked, the idea that Christ should go into 
hell, is one that the mind of the reader does 
not readily receive. 

Peter's language, when referring to the 
place in which the soul of Christ was not 
left, cannot, with propriety, be applied to the 
grave, for he refers to the grave and the 
body of Christ, when he declares that his 
flesh did not see corruption. And when he 
affirms that his soul was not left in hades, he 
evidently refers to some other place than the 
grave. Hades is explained to mean the whole 
of the invisible world, or the place of disem- 
bodied spirits, and it is explained by eoine to 
consist of two apartments, one for the good 
and the other for the wicked, where they will 
remain until the judgment. 

There is much mystery yet connected with 
human existence, and with departed spirits. 
And so there is mystery connected with the 
Hlat^ of Christ while his body was in the 
tomb, as well as to his state in other respects. 
But this wo may learn from the text we are 
consideriug that, while the body of our Be- 
deemrr was in the tomb, his spirit was in the 
realm of being where the departed are. We 
also learn that whatever mystery there is 
connected with our Lord's descent into ha- 



des, it confirms the teaching of the Script- 
ure that the soul lives while the body is 
dead. 

Brethren, I would like to have explained through tlie 
Messenger, by sonic brother, the 11th verse of the 1st 
chapter of the Acts, which reads, "Ye men of Galilee, 
why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, 
which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in 
like manner as ye lave ecen him go upinto heaven." We 
all know, according to Scripture, that Jesus went to the 
Father in the flesh. If, then, he will return in like man- 
ner, his second advent will be in the flesh. Now, if this 
be true, the intervening time, to which I have allusion, 
he must be in the flesh. That is, from the time of his 
ascension till he shall come again in the evening of this 
world. Now, in 1st John, .'Jul chapter and 2nd verse, 
John Bays, "When he shall appear, we shall belike him; 
for we shall see him as he is." This is the part we can- 
not understand. For Paul says, "Flesh and blood can- 
not inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption 
inherit incorruption.'' 1 Cor. 15: 50. And if we are to 
be like him, certainly we must be in the flesh. 

For we know, according to the following words of our 
Lord to his disciples, lie ascended in the flesh: "Behold, 
my hands, and my feet, that it is I myself; handle me, 
and see; for a spirit hath not fle^h and bone-, as ye see 
me have. And when he had thus spoken, he shewed 
them his hands and his feet. And while they yet be- 
lieved not, for joy, and wondeied, he said unto them. 
Have ye here any meatV And they gave him a piece of 
a broiled, fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, 
and did eat before them." Luke 24: 39-43. "And aft- 
er eight days, again his disciples were within, and 
Thomas with thtm: then came Jesus, the doors being 
shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto 
you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, 
and behold my hands: and reach hither thy hand, and 
thrust it into my tide: and be not faithless, but believing. 
And Thomas answered, and said unto him, My Loid and 
my God." John 20: 26-28. This has often perplexed 
me, and I would like to have the views of the Brethren. 

Wm. A. Anthony. 

Ilofjcrxtotoi, M'l. 

It is true the Bedeemer rose from the 
grave with the same body that had been cru- 
cified and buried. For Peter, on the day of 
Pentecost, declared, in applying the language 
of David to Christ, that his flesh did not see 
corruption. Acts 2: 31. And as his body did 
not see corruption in the grave, but was rais- 
ed from the grave as it had been put into it, 
he appeared to his disciples and ate with 
them, and showed them the nail prints in his 
hands and in his feet, and the wound in his 
side, according to the Scriptures referred to 
by the brother in the query. It seems to 
have been necessary that our Lord should ap- 
pear to, and associate with his disciples in 
the same body that he had appeared to them 
in before his death, to satisfy them of the re- 
ality of his resurrection. 

It is also true that he had the same body 
when he ascended iu the presence of his dis- 
ciples. But did he go into heaven to his Fa- 
ther, with his body unchanged, and will he 
retain the body, in which he rose from the 
grave, until his second coming? We do not 
so understand it. Paul is quoted by tho 
brother in tho query as saying, that "flesh 
and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of 
God." We are inclined to the idea that our 
Bedeemer, after he had disappeared from the 
view of his disciples in his ascension, under- 
went a change similar to that which the liv- 
ing saints will undergo at his second coming. 
They are to be changed "in a moment, in the 



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Feb. 9, 1886. 



twinkling of an eye." 1 Cor. 15: 52. And 
having undergone this change before he 
reached heaven, he entered the realms of 
light, with his "glorious body," and has since 
that time possessed that body. Hence the 
following language of Paul: "Our conversa- 
tion is in heaven; from whence also we look 
for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who 
shall change our vile body that it may be 
fashioned like unto his glorious body." Phi). 
3: 20, 21. And this language agrees with 
that of John, quoted in the query, "When he 
shall appear, we shall be like him." But we 
ave to be like him in his glorious form, ac- 
cording to Paul's language to the Philippi- 
ans. 

But does not the language of the angels to 
the anxiously gazing disciples, "This same 
Jesus which is taken up from you into heav- 
en, shall so come in like manner as ye have 
seen him go into heaven," present a difficulty 
to the view we have given ? Not at all. It 
will be the very same Jesus that will come, 
that the disciples saw taken up. But he will 
have taken upon him a glorious form, or a 
glorious body. And this glorious form will 
no more destroy the identity or sameness of 
our Redeemer, than will the glorious form of 
Paul destroy his identity or sameness. It 
will be the same Paul that will come with 
the saints that will accompany our Redeem- 
er when he comes, that suffered martyrdom. 
The idea that the Redeemer ascended to heav- 
en with the body that was crucified, does not 
seem to be admissible, from what Paul said 
in regard to flesh and blood inheriting the 
kingdom of God, and from the consideration 
that that body was subject to weariness, pain 
and death. To harmonize the different pas- 
sages of Scripture relating to the subject, it 
seems necessary to accept the idea that his 
body underwent a change at some time, and 
the time we have suggested seems to us the 
most probable. 

When it is said "He shall come in like man- 
ner as ye have seen him go into heaven," we 
do not understand this language to refer so 
much to the sameness of the Redeemer, as to 
the menner of his ascent, and of his descent 
at his second comirjg. When he ascended, 
"a cloud received him out of their sight." 
Acts 1: 1. And when he comes again, he will 
come in the clouds, Matt. 21: 30; Rev. 1: 7. 

J. Q 

EDITORIAL NOTES. 



Gospel truth is divine, and a small por- 
tion of it often exerts great power. A world- 
ly and fashionable lady had in her family a 
very pious female servant. She was usually 
kept up late at night, waiting for her mis- 
tress to return from her fashionable parties. 
The time of waiting was improved by the pi- 
ous servant, in reading her Bible or some re- 
ligious book. On one occasion, upon the re- 
turn of the lady, she found her servant read- 
ing aw usual, and said to her in a laughing 



manner, What melancholy stuff are you read- 
ing this time? And as her eye fell on the 
book her servant was reading, her eye caught 
the word eternity, and suddenly a feeling 
of sadness took the place of levity in her 
mind, and she could not sleep for thinking of 
the word eternity. Her serious thoughts 
led to conviction, and she was brought from 
her convictions, to surrender herself to God. 

The government of the tongue is represent- 
ed by the apostle James, to be one of the 
most difficult things the Christian has to 
learn. To show how difficult it is to govern 
the tongue, Socrates, the ecclesiastical au- 
thor, relates the following story of Pambo, 
a plain, common man: He came to a learned 
man desiring him to teach him a psalm. The 
psalm selected, was the thirty-ninth. He 
read to him the first verse, which is as fol- 
lows: "I said, I will take heed to my ways 
that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my 
mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is be- 
fore me." Having heard this verse, Pambo 
closed the book, and departed, saying, that 
he would learn that point first. After being 
absent for some months, he was asked by the 
person who read to him, when he would re- 
turn to hear some more reading? He replied 
he had not yet learned the first lesson. And 
he gave the same reason to one who asked 
him the same question, forty-nine years after. 
So difficult it is to govern that member. But 
a judicious course of training, directed to the 
cultivation and government of the heart, per- 
haps would lead to the obtaining of the mas- 
tery over the tongue in less time than was 
spent by Pambo in his efforts to obtain vic- 
tory. "Out of the abundance of the heart, 
the mouth speaketh. A good man, out of 
the good treasure of the heart, bringeth forth 
good things; and an evil man, out of the evil 
treasure, bringeth forth evil things." 

Cicero, the great Roman orator said, "Life 
without friendship is like the sky without 
the sun." Surely the world is gloomy with- 
out the sunshine of friendship to cheer us, 
especially at some periods in our life. And 
if life be so dark without friendship, what 
must death be? But the light of human 
friendship shines not in the valley of the 
shadow of death, for our earthly friends can- 
not accompany us there. But there is a 
friend that sticketh closer than a brother. 
And Christ is such a friend. We, then, 
should be friendly to him and his cause, and 
thus secure his friendship. Then our sky 
in life and in death will have a sun in it, 
whose rays will shine through the darkest 
clouds, and give us light. "Unto the upright 
there ariseth light in the darkness." 

Dr. Johnson said, "I know not any crime 
so great, that a man could contrive to com- 
mit, as poisoning the sources of eternal truth." 
This was well said. And accepting this say- 
iug as true, it follows that there is much of 
that great crime committed, for the sources 
of truth are greatly poisoned. The Soript- 



ures contain sources of truth, and when they 
are perverted, their sources are poisoned. 
And when they are poisoned, they mislead 
souls, and destroy them. Hence the crime 
of poisoning the truth is so great. And as 
the crime of poisoning or perverting the 
truth is so great, the apostle Paul adminis- 
tered a very severe reproof to the sorcerer, 
Elymas, the Jewish false prophet, who sought 
to interfere with the apostle's preaching. 
The apostle said to the false prophet, "0, full 
of all subtilty, and all mischief, thou child 
of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness! 
Wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways 
of the Lord? And now, behold the hand of 
the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be 
blind, not seeing the sun for a season." The 
threatened judgment came upon the pervert- 
er of the truth. 

It is noticeable that in the Psalms there is 
a remarkable mingling of different kinds of 
religious services together. A psalm may 
contain an exhortation, a prayer, a lesson of 
instruction, a warning, and a reproof. But 
prayer, either in supplication, thanksgiving, 
or confession, is a predominating element of 
those sacred lyrics. And there seem to be 
occasions in the life and experience of all 
Christians, for more or less of the variety of 
the service or exercise in which the psalms 
abound. And the spirit of prayer should al- 
ways abound in ue. 

To experience and possess the hallowed 
joys of a divine and holy life, our devotional 
duties must be performed with readiness and 
cheerfulness. Indeed, it is in the perform- 
ance of our devotional duties, that our great- 
est enjoyments are often found. And it is 
unreasonable and unnatural to expeot any 
great enjoyment in what we do with reluct- 
ance. We must take pleasure in doing what- 
ever we do for the Lord, if he accepts our 
service. And if this is done, our joy will be 
great, for to the joy we feel in doing what is 
done, will be added the joy of the Holy 
Spirit, as a reward for our service. 

While the propriety, the utility, the honor, 
and the rectitude of a Christian life in all its 
elements, forms, and principles are so clear 
a Christian should never feel the least 
feeling of shame when he is performing any 
duty or labor, or carrying out any princi- 
ple that his Christian profession requires, 
but, on the contrary, he should feel that it is 
a great honor to him to be a Christian, and 
to follow or imitate Christ. Nevertheless, 
he should guard most diligently against any- 
thing like boasting, or of making any dis- 
play of his religion before the world. 

J. Q. 

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BISHOP WEAVER ON PRIDE. 



And now abideth pride, extravagance, fash- 
ion; these three: but the greatest of these is 
pride. Simply because it is the root of the 
whole matter. Destroy the root and the tree 
will die. It is hardly worth while to waste 



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minunition in shooting at fashion and ex- 
•avagancp, as long as the tree is alive. Most 
9rsons say that it does not matter how peo- 
le dress, pride is in the heart. Very true; 
at straws show which way the wind blows. 
. plain exterior may cover up a plain heart, 
at, depend upon it, a fashionable exterior 
)ldom, if ever, covers up a plain heart. 
Some rules work two ways, but some will 
jt. A lady once asked a minister whether 
person might not be fond of dress and or- 
iments without being proud? He replied, 
When you see the fox's tail peeping out of 
le hole, you may be sure the fox is with- 
l." 

Jewelry, costly and fashionable clothing, 
,ay all be innocent things in their places, 
it when hung upon a human form, they 
ive most conclusive evidence of a proud 
iart. 

But is it possible that a man can be found 
this advanced age of refinement, that dares 
write or speak a word against pride and 
1 consequences? 

The large majority of that class of men 
ed and were handsomely buried some time 
;o. 

The pulpits have nearly all shut down on 
at style of preaching; the fact is, we have 
issed that age, and are living in better; our 
thers and mothers were far behind the 
nes. They were good enough in their way, 
it dear me; they would not do now. They 
ire plain clothes, worshipped in plain 
lurches, and sung old-fashioned hymns; 
ey talked and acted like some old pilgrims, 
at were looking for a better country, and 
ien they left the world they stuck to it to 
e very last, they were going to a city where 
ere is no night. And it is my deliberate 
union that the great majority of them went 
Bt where they said they were going. 
But tli6y are nearly all out of the way now, 
id the people have a mind to try a different 
rate. We can be Christians now and do as 
j like. Yes, indeed ! We can have fine 
inrchep, cushioned seats, costly carpets, a 
shionable preacher, and have all our tid- 
ing and singing done to order. 
Why, in some of our churches the majority 
the choir are not even members of the 
lurch. And they do sing so sweetly, per- 
ctly delightful, — the music rolls over the 
jads of the congregation like the sound of 
any waters, not a word can be heard ; but 
,e sound is glorious; sometimes one sings 
1 alone for a little while, then two, and 
:etty soon the whole choir will chime in, un- 
l the whole house is filled with the most 
ansporting sound. 

Now if this is not singing with the spirit, 
id with the understanding also, then what is 
? That's the question. I know it is a lit- 
9 risky to speak out against pride at this 
ly, because the church is full of it, and hun- 
reds who occupy the pulpit, whose duty it 
to point out the evils plainly, are like 
amb dogs, they don't even bark at it. They 
let let it go, and go it does with a vengeance, 
ad in proportion as pride gains in a church, 
nritual life dies out. They will not, cannot 
well together, for they are eternal oppoei tea. 
I is a sin and a shame for men and women 



professing Christianity to spend money the 
way they do to gratify a proud heart, when 
ten out of every twelve of the human race 
are yet unsaved, and eight out of twelve 
have not so much as heard of the gospel of 
Christ. 

There are many evils in the land, and in 
the church; but I doubt if any one evil is 
doing more harm than pride. It has stolen 
into the church by degrees, and now rules 
with a rod of iron. 

Churches that were once noted for plain- 
ness, and whoso laws still stand against pride 
and fashion, are practically powerless on the 
subject. 

It seems that nearly all creation is kept 
busy in furnishing fashions enough to satisfy 
the cravings of the depraved heart. An old 
Scotch preacher is reported to have said in a 
sermon at Aberdeen, "Ye people of Aber- 
deen get your fashions from Glasgow, and 
Glasgow from Edinburg, and Edinburg from 
London, and London from Paris, and Paris 
from the devil." Now I cannot say that we get 
our fashions by that route, but I am toler- 
ably certain they originate at the same head- 
quarters. 

The religion of Jesua Christ is pure, 
peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated and 
full of mercy; all Christians are baptized with 
one spirit into one body; they mind not high 
things, but condescend to men of low estate; 
their highest ambition is to honor God 
with all they have and are. They are not 
puffed up, not conformed to this world, but 
transformed by the renewing of their minds. 

There is no such thing in heaven or 
earth as a proud Christian; there never was 
nor ever can be. Pride is of the devil. It 
originated with him. and he is managing it 
most successfully in destroying souls. But 
who is to blame for this state of things in 
the Church? First, and mostly the pulpit 
is to blame— men who profess to be called 
of God to lead the people to heaven, have 
ceased to rebuke this soul-destroying, Leaven- 
provoking spirit. 

But why? First, for a living, then popu- 
larity. Esau sold his birthright for a din- 
ner of greens; that was a costly mess for 
him. But now men sell out cheap, for cash 
or produce. Churches that were once pow- 
erful for good, are now well nigh lost in 
forms and fashions. We may shut our eyes 
and wink and whine, and cry old fogy, and 
grandfather, Moses, Aaron and all; but the 
fact is before us, — pride, fashion and extra- 
vagance, are eating the very life out of many 
of the best congregations in the land. The 
world is running. The rich lead the way, 
because they can, while the poor strain every 
nerve to keep in sight, and the devil laughs 
to see them rush on. 

Pride thrust Nebuchadnezzar out of 
men's society, Saul out of his kingdom, — 
Adam out of Paradise, and Lucifer out of 
heaven. And it will shut many out of hea- 
ven who are now prominent in the Church. 
Neither death nor the grave will change the 
ohiraoter of any one. The same spirit that 
controlled in life, will cling to the soul in 
death, and enter with it into eternity ; tho 



angels of God would shrink from the society 
of many a fashionable Christian of to-day. — 
A few such souls in heaven would ruin 
everything. Among the first things they 
would propose would be a chango of fashion, 
those pure white robes that the saints wear 
would not suit their taste at all. In life they 
cared but little about Chriet and spiritual 
things, and they would care no more for 
them in heaven than they do on earth. If 
there were two heavens, one where Jesus is 
all in all, and the other with a Paris in it, I 
presume the road to the Paris heaven would 
be crowded with fashionable Christians. 

COBBESPONDENCE. 

" Write what thou seest — and send it unto the chnrches." 
From Eagle Creek Church, Ohio. 



Bro. Silas Hoover, came to us on the 5th 
of Jan., and remained with us until the 17th. 
The result cf the meeting was, twelve pre- 
cious souls were made willing to follow the 
Lord, in baptism. Saints were made to re- 
joice and sinners to tremble. The son and 
youngest daughter of the writer were among 
the number. 

On Sunday, the 17th, Bro. Hoover preach- 
ed on the covering and did the subject jus- 
tice. 

I think the sermon should be published, 
either in pamphlet form or in the Gospel 
Messenger, as I think he gave the true gos- 
pel on the covering. I think it would do a 
great deal of good. 

I heard some say that they never looked 
at the subject in the light of the gospel be- 
fore. I hope it will be published. 

Wm. S. Bradford. 

Williamstown, Ohio, Jan. 21, 1S8(>. 



From Pleasant Grove Church, Kan. 



A series of meetings was held here, from 
Jan. 3rd, until the 11th. The 12th was the 
day set apart for the annual meeting of the 
Brethren's Mutual Aid Society, and it 
brought to us brethren Trostle, P. 
Wrightsman, and other brethren. The day 
passed with the business of the meeting, 
very pleasantly, and with a Christian spirit. 
On the i:Uh, Brother Trostle left us for oth- 
er fields of labor; while Bro. Wrightsman re- 
mained with us to continue the meeting, and 
to warn and call home the prodigal sons and 
daughters. Bro. P. labored hard day after 
day, to show us the way to the Father's 
house. He preached, iu all, sixteen dis- 
courses, and held twelve Bible and prayer- 
meetings. Our meetings closed on the 25th, 
resulting in the renewing of the Holy Spirit, 
and the addition of nine to the Church, 
seven new applicants, and two reclaimed.— 
It was a time of rejoicing to see the prodi- 
gals returning home to our Father's house. 
Our church is in peace and love. We pray 
God to ever sustain Bro. Wrightsman for 
hie incessant labor and prayers, while among 
us. Our prayers and tears together will, no 
doubt, be long remembered by all present. 
Dear brethren and sisters, let us all labor 



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THIS GK)S:FEiL MBSSSNGEK. 



Feb. 9, 1886, 



faithfully in the vineyard of the Lord, till he 
3hall come, and say, "Come up higher." 

T. A. Robinson. 
Media, Kan. 



Church News, 



The church here felt "pressed in spirit" to 
have a continued meeting at our Old Good- 
ville meeting-house, and in accordance with 
this prayer of God's children, prudence seem- 
ed to dictate that we call a brother into our 
midst to hold forth the Word of Life. Oar 
much loved brother, Edmund Boot, of Blair 
Co., Pa , and our dear aged brother, Jacob 
Snyder, of Waynesboro, Pa., were called to 
be with us, and they heartily responded. Our 
meetings began Jan. 9, and now we are in 
the midst of a glorious and soul-cheering re- 
vival; and we have fulfilled in our midst, 
"Weep with them that weep, and rejoice with 
them that rejoice." To-day the ice was taken 
from the liquid stream, and five noble and 
precious s^uls buried with Christ in baptism. 

The meeting is still going on; the interest, 
apparently, increasing daily ; the house being 
frequently densely packed to its fullest ca- 
pacity. While the Word is being preached 
with earnestness and power, some, Felix -like, 
are made to tremble, and the unbidden tear 
is seen silently stealing its way down the 
conscience-smitten cheek, evidently proclaim- 
ing that the soul within is counting the cost, 
while there are others who, with their una- 
bated earnestness in meeting with the peo- 
ple of God, and the soul-inspiring attention 
they pay to the word preached, would seem 
to say, that they "fear the house they now 
live in is built upon unsafe ground." Sure 
ly, God's Word, when properly preached and 
applied, will, and does have, its designed and 
desired effect. We have reason to believe 
that there are those among us who stand 
near the kingdom, who will yet, and now, re- 
solve to give God their heart, the church 
their hand, and so be numbered with God's 
children. S. S. Beaver. 

McAllisterville, Pa., Jan. ID. 



From Harveyville, Wabuncy Co., Kan. 



Tiie N. E. District of Kansas, at their last 
D. M. again elected three brethren as mis- 
sionaries for one year, namely, John Forney, 
John A. Root and the writer, with an efficient 
board of directors, who suggest the places 
where tney shall preach the gospel in isolat- 
ed places, hence Bro. Forney and I are here 
in the house of Bro. David Root, whose wife 
is also a member, they being the only mem- 
bers in this section of country. They live in 
Osage Co. 

Came here on the evening of the 16th. 
Have held our meetings in a small school - 
)>ouse every night", and Bible reading at the 
private houses every day except Saturday 
and Sunday, when we have preaching. The 
attendance and attention have been good, with 
the exception of the influence of a few would- 
be infidels, who so stirred the spirit of our 
old veteran, Bro. Forney, that he decided to 
deliver a series of sermons on the chronology 
and tnrmony of the Bible, which, when prop- 



erly connected and understood, obviates all 
the skepticism, which arises from the want 
of it. He preached yesterday and last night 
on this subject, apparently to the satisfaction 
of all present. It was especially interesting 
to me, having never before heard or read 
anything that so beautifully harmonized the 
different portions of the Bible that seemed 
somewhat obscure. So much was I impress- 
ed with it, that I suggested to him the pro- 
priety of writing it out and having it publish- 
ed for distribution, that others might be able 
to put to silence, or "stop the mouths," of 
professed infidels, of whom we find many in 
this Western country. But we are glad that 
there are still some that are willing to accept 
the truth, as one requested baptism, and 
others are apparently near the kingdom. 
This is in the Washington Creek church, 
Douglas Co., where I had spent three weeks 
before starting on this mission, except a few 
days spent in Pleasant Grove church, where 
the first A. M. of the Brethren's Mutual Aid 
Association of Kansas was held. These 
churches suffered from the recent factions in 
the Church, but they seem to have recovered, 
and are working energetically. They have 
a good corps of active ministers and deacons, 
who seem to be working together in har- 
mony. Both congregations have large, com- 
modious houses of worship, the former hav- 
ing built one last summer, which is among 
the most convenient and best constructed, 
that I have been in, among the Brethren. 
It is beautifully located, being surrounded 
by hospitable and open-hearted Brethren, of 
whom it would afford me pleasure to write 
individually, but space forbids, neither do we 
think it expedient. Our stay was longer 
than we had expected, as we had intended to 
spend more time in the Pleasant Grove 
church, but as they claimed that in conse- 
quence of the distance to the railroad, they 
did not so frequently get brethren there, 
they decided to retain me. The meet- 
ings were better attended than could have 
been expected, considering the dark nights 
and. the inclement weather, as experienced 
generally. There was quite an interest mani- 
fested, and some expressed themselves as be- 
ing more fully established in the doctrine of 
the Bible than ever before. During the 
meeting, the so-called Progressives were to 
have held a convention at Lawrence, on the 
29th of Dec, (if I mistake not) composed of 
delegates from Missouri, Nebraska, and Kan- 
sas, to be held in the Court House, but to 
the disappointment of those present, only A. 
J. Hixon and wife came from a distance, and 
whatever business was transacted, was done 
in the private house of one of their brethren. 
On the following evening, Hixon and wife 
came to our meeting, and an appointmeut 
was announced for the next evening, at a 
school-house within a few miles of ours, for 
them. This, however, kept very few away 
that had been coming. We were informed 
that their attendance was small. After some 
eight or ten days, I left for home. Here 
I had the pleasure of meeting with brethren 
Garst and Frederick Sherby, whom we first 
met nearly nineteen years ago, in Tennessee, 



when D. Good and I were there together, or 
a preaching tour. They were then in theii 
youth, and full of zeal foi the Master's cause 
They decided to accompany us to Md. anc 
Pa., which they did, and no doubt will be re- 
membered by many with whom they formec 
an acquaintance. They both show that ag< 
is making an impression upon them. Wi 
very much enjoyed the reunion, and many o: 
the circumstances that then transpired, wert 
brought fresh to our minds. Bro. Sherby i 
one of the ministers in the church referre( 
to, and I think he can be very useful in tht 
Master's cause. 

During our stay at Bro. John Metzger'g 
the question arose in regard to the Brethrei 
scattered over Kansas, and he expressed i 
desire that I should ascertain and publisl 
how many meeting-houses the Brethren hav 
in Kansas; hence I inquired of Bro. Forney 
who I suppose is as extensively acquainted 
in the State as any brother, and he inform 
me, after counting them, that there are sis 
teen, but this is yet a very few, compare! 
with the many yet needed. 

The Lord willing, we expect to leave her 
on the 29th, for Alma, Wabuncy Co., when 
there are a few scattered members, to labo 
as long as circumstances seem to demanc 
From here we expect to go to Mary's Missioi 
where brethren Brindle and Mohler ar< 
From there our instructions are to go i 
James Crossing, Jackson Co. Shall we no 
have the prayers of all the faithful, and ei 
pecially those who can remain at their com 
fortable firesides, while ministers in th 
field have to meet with privations, endur 
hardships, as good soldiers of Jesus Christ 

Jacob G. Tkostle. 



In Meuioriam. 



The subject of this obituary, Hannah Kat< 
consort of Geo. W. Hammer, departed thi 
life Dec. 29, 1885, aged 40 years and 5 dayi 
The deceased was born, reared and died i 
Pendleton Co., W. Va. She was formerly 
member of the M. E. church, but on the23n 
of May, 1878, accompanied by her companio: 
and several others, connected hereelf withth 
Brethren's church, and was baptized by Br< 
D. Yount, whom the Lord has also call© 
from the stage of action. 

Sister Hannah possessed all the innati 
qualities of a zealous companion, a lovinj 
and most noble mother, a refined and exem 
plary woman, and, indeed, a model Christiai 
She leaves a kind husband, five children- 
some quite small — and a large number of re] 
atives and friends to mourn their loss; ba 
may their loss be her eternal gain! 

In her religious matters, she was thought 
ful, faithful, and ever mindful of her duty tc 
ward God. Her family and friends have th 
comfort of believing that she died, trustin 
in Christ for salvation. She always too! 
pleasure in attending church, and was a; 
honored and faithful member until deatr. 
The remains were laid to rest on Thursday 
Dec. 31, by the side of little May. 

Many are the sympathies extended towar< 
the bereft family. May they all follow th 



). 9, 1886. 



TEGS GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



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aaple of the dear companion and mother 
>m it was the Lord's will to take from 
m. May the good Lord enlighten the be- 
children, that they may direct the paths 
heir lives toward the heavenly Jerusalem, 
sre their mother and little sister have 
e, and where they all shall be forever hap- 

Lee Hammer. 



om Maumee Church, Defiance Co., O. 



.ccording to previous arrangements, Bro. 
irston Miller, of South Bend, Ind., came 
s and preached for us eight days with 
'er and demonstration of the Spirit. His 
lments were very convincing and system- 
. As the roads were bad and the weather 
ement, the congregations were small. As 
mmediate result, one was baptized and 
reclaimed. He left us too soon, bat we 
nd to have him come back in the spring. 
Jacob Hintner. 



Notes and Comments. 



HE Salem church was made to rejoice to 
one precious soul come out on the Lord's 
i. The ice was cut on the great Arkansas 
ir, and the sister was baptized, and arose 
ralk in newness of life. There are still 
e to follow, but will they come before 
;h overtakes them? — is the question. One 
e boy asked his mother, why God wants 
pie to go down into the cold water. Here 
here many precious souls stop and ask 
i God says thus and so. We cannot see 
efficacy in this or that, and they will 
g to this straw until the tide of time 
eps them into the river of death. Dear 
ler, if you are clinging to this straw, re- 
aber that God's plan of salvation is un- 
ngeable. Christ says, heaven and earth 
11 pass away, but my Word shall not pass 
y. God commands, and it is our busi- 
j to obey. We want faith enough to take 
1 at his Word, and obey it. Then, and 
l only, have we the promise of eternal 

a tfo. 2, of the present volume of the 
if., we hear of one refusing to take the 
er on account of the sentiment of the G. 
m the whisky question. I also heard of a 
;her refusing to take the paper, because it 
iks against the filthy tobacco. Dear 
;hren, stand boldly on the 6ide of right, 
let consequences take care of themselves. 
.1 says, "Have I become your enemy be- 
jel tell you the truth?" We are well 
ised with the record of our church on the 
sky question, and I am glad to see the 
lency of the church to educate the youog 
i on the tobacco question. Dear breth- 
and sisters, a great good can be accom- 
hed in the Sunday-school, in educating 
young minds in regard to those evils, 
il says: "We aro living epistles, known 
. read of all men." We are editing a pa- 
or publishing a book in our every day 
, and men and women read our works. 
rist says: "Let your light so shine before 
D, that they may see your good works, and 
rify your Father whioh is in heaven." 



This is a good motto to establish, that our 
influence may be for good, and people, read- 
ing our work, may be benefitted thereby. 

The subject of our last prayer- meeting was 
faith. Oh! that we had more of that living 
faith that works by love. We would not get 
into the position of doubting Thomas, that 
unless we can do and see thus and eo, we will 
not believe. 

The subject for our next prayer-meeting is 
prayer. If we lack f *ith we can go to God 
in prayer (in our closet) and we will re- 
ceive the needed blessings. Dear brethren 
and sisters, praise God for this blessed priv- 
ilege. D. A. Rowland. 

Nickerson, Kan. 



To the North-western District of Ohio. 



As there has been no call for protracted 
meetings for this winter, we can fill a few 
calls at some of our mission posts, since we 
have some money on hand. I would say to 
the solicitors of the different Churches, of 
which we have not received anything yet: 
We hope if you have not solicited your 
church yet, you will do so at once. Let us 
try to have money in the treasury all the 
time, so we can send out our evangelists unto 
those who are starving for the Bread of Life. 
Send all money to Joseph Rothrock, Dun- 
kirk, Hardin Co., Ohio, as he is Treasurer 
of the Home Mission Board. 

John Burhong, Sec. 

Williamstoivn, Ohio. 



From Naperville Church, 111. 



According to previous arrangements, Bro. 
Galen Royer, of Mt. Morris College, com- 
menced a series of singing meetings, on Dec. 
28th. He gave us nine lessons, which prov- 
ed very satisfactory. His comment on the 
beautiful hymns, and his good advice to us 
all, and especially to the young, had its effect. 
Our little church was brought into a good 
condition for a series of meetings, which 
were commenced on Jan. 17, by brethren 
Bock and Wm. S. Toney, of Ind., who con- 
tinued to wield the Sword of the Spirit with 
power, until the 27th inst. We were made 
to rejoice to see nine souls unite with the 
church by baptism, and two more applicants. 
Eight of them were Sunday-school scholars. 
Hope they may all prove faithful. 

S. E. Ytjndt. 



From the Horton Church, Ind, 



Rejoice with us! Bro J. W. Metzger 
came to us on the 22nd of Jan., and preached 
fourteen sermons. The immediate results 
are, five neighbors concluded to follow Christ 
according to his Holy Word. Others were 
irade to consider whether it was safe to risk 
their salvation on man-made theology. This 
is a place where the true doctrine of tbo gos- 
pel is uot much known, but in the last year 
wo have gained nine in number, two of whom 
have moved away. There are others who 
know the doctrine we preach is the truo gos- 
pel of Christ, All considered, we have rea- 
son to be thankful for the Lord's blessing on 



our labors during the past year. Brethren, 
pray for us that we may be strong in the 
Lord. I. N. Perry. 



From Eajrlc Creek Church, Ind. 



By request of the above-named church, 
Eld. S. T. Bosserman's district commenced a 
series of meetings on Jan. , and continued 
until the 17th. Twelve were added to the 
church by baptism. Had my home with Bro. 
and sister Klisb, where I was well cared for. 
I shall ever remember the brethren and Bis- 
ters of the Eagle Creek church, for their 
kindness and Christian courtesy. May we 
all, by the grace of God, live faithful, and 
finally enjoy a reunion on the evergreen 
shore. Silas Hoover. 



From Monmouth, Kan. 



Bro. J. B. Lair, of Laneville, Kan., is again 
with us, and is laboring in the service of his 
Master. He commenced on the evening of 
the 20th, and we had meeting every night 
and some day meetings. On account of the in- 
clemency of the weather, the attendance is not 
very large, but the interest is good. Bro. 
Lair always goes at it with such a zeal, and 
wields the sword with such power, that he 
holds his congregation spell-bound. One 
soul was made willing to come out on the 
Lord's side, and was baptized for the remis- 
sion of his Bins. The ice was about eight 
inches thick and the water cold, but he went 
dawn into and came up out of the water with 
s:> steady a step that we were made to think, 
What a good soldier! We have now twenty 
young or unmarried members in this arm of 
the Church. They have all joined within 
the last eighteen months. We have truly 
great reason to rejoice in the God of our sal- 
vation. Bro. Lair is still holding meetings, 
and there are still some counting the cost. 

J. B. Wolfe. 

Jan. 28,1886. 



From the Palestine Church. 



Bro. R. H. Miller came to us Jan 9, and 
preached to us until the evening of the 17th, 
preaching most of the time in the evening, 
and in the day time at ten o'clock. On ac- 
count of the extreme cold weather, in the 
commencement, the congregations were quite 
small, but the meetings at last became very 
interesting. To our sorrow, he got a call 
from the Brethren at Dayton, to attend to 
some business there, so he had to fflavo us 
just at the time the meetings began to be in- 
teresting. We hope the good seed sown 
may, at some future time, take root and 
bring forth fruit. He brought very plain 
and solemn truths to our minds, which, we 
hope, will long be remembered by us and liv- 
ed up to. We pray God that our dear broth- 
er may still go on in the good cauee of the 
Master in preaching the glad tidings of sal- 
vation, that both saint and . sinner nay take 
warning before it will be forever and eternal- 
ly too late. We hope that at some future 
time lie may be spared to come to us and 
preach, as the people are very anxious to 
hear him again. Isaac Kvnkel. 



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THE GOSPEL MJESSENGKER 



Feb. 9, 1 



From Lower Deer Creek Church, I ml. 



Bro. Sanford Sayler, from Clinton County, 
Ind., has been with us. The meetings com- 
menced on the 17th and continued until the 
evening of the 24th. They were largely at- 
tended and much interest manifested. The 
church has been much revived and encour- 
aged. Bro. Sayler preached the Word with 
power and three precious souls came out on 
the Lord's side and were made willing to 
leave the camps of sin, to walk in newness of 
life. May the good Lord bless them and 
ever keep them. Come again, Bro. Sanford, 
the work is only commenced. 

S. W. Ullery. 

Camden, Ind., Jan. 25, 1885. 



From DeGratt', Logan Co., Ohio. 



The saints in the Logan church, Logan 
Co., Ohio, were made to rejoice during the 
series of meetings conducted at this place by 
Bro. D. F. Yount, in seeing eleven received 
by baptism and one reclaimed. Among the 
number there was an aged father of sixty 
some years, also a young sister in her thir- 
teenth year. At the commencement of our 
meeting, it looked rather discouraging, as the 
weather was very cold and the roads got icy. 
But the spirit of the Lord began to work 
among the people, and when the Spirit be- 
gins to work, there will be a way to get to the 
house of the Lord. We have reasons to be- 
lieve there are others standing near the king- 
dom. May the good Spirit continue to strive 
with them until they may say, "As for me 
and my house, we will serve the Lord." 

Abednego Miller. 



From Oakley, 111. 



According to previous arrrangementB, 
Bro. Daniel Neff, of JRoann, Ind., came to us 
the 9th and began his labors on th9 10th. 
The meetings continued every evening until 
the 22nd, with one applicant for baptism. 
More seem to be counting the cost. The 
church was much built up, if we are able to 
judge, as all seemed to be well satisfied with 
his labors. Will say, Comeagain Bro. David. 
The church at this place is in love and union 
and seems to be working for the good of the 
Master. We desire an interest in the pray- 
ers of God's people every-where in our be- 
half that we may continue faithful unto the 
end of life's journey. 

G. W. Senhenbaugh. 

Jan. 27, 188a. 



In the Midst of Frost and Ice, the Plants 
May Grow. 



Our series of meetings is now in the past. 
The appointment was made for Jan. 9th, but 
on account of the snow-blockade, our brother 
C. S. Holsinger did not come till the eve of 
the 15th, when our meetings commenced and 
continued until the eve of the 28th, preach- 
ing each evening, and on Sundays twice, six- 
teen sermons in all. He shunned not to de- 



as recorded in John 1: 29, "Behold the 
Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the 
world." The Lamb of God, the antetype of 
all the lambs slain under the Mosaic ritual; 
and O, how encouraging it was to hear our 
brother call our attention to God's method of 
saving us from our sins through the meri- 
torious sacrifice of Christ. Finally the last 
meeting came, he completing the structure 
by presenting to us the "Power of Influence." 
Here we had a love-feast that we trust we 
will not forget. Oar meetings were well at- 
tended, the attention was good throughout. 
No accessions, but a general good feeling 
throughout the entire neighborhood. May 
we not hope to see in the future a glorious 
harvest after such a pleasant seed-time? God 
bless every legitimate effort put forth for 
evangelizing. Thos. D. Lyon. 

Htidson, III. 



More to Follow. 



Today closed our protracted meeting at 
the "old Goodville meeting-house" of which 
we gave you a few items last week. The 
meeting was in progress two weeks; five were 
baptized Jan. 19th (as previously reported), 
and nine to-day and "more to follow," as is 
understood, about Feb. 14th. The interest 
taken in the meetings by the members and 
the community was earnest, zealous and un- 
tiring to the last and then many were loath 
to give them up and leave the place; reader, 
please refer to Luke 24-32 and you have it 
all. Yet a word more we cannot well pass 
by. Five sisters in the flesh, one married 
and four single, the four at home with the 
father and the one married living close by; 
children of our esteemed laborer (minister) 
Solomon Kauffman, were five of the nine re- 
ceived into the church today. Oh, how 
many more sisters, and brothers too, could 
and should do likewise. 

"Come ye that love the Lord, 
And let your joys be known ." 

S. S. Beaver. 
Jan. 25th, 188a. 



Poor Fund. 

A Sister, 111 $1 00 

A. Brumbaugh, 50 

C. Miller, 50 

Louisa Brumbaugh, 25 

Cyrus Brumbaugh, 15 

David Long, O 50 

J. W. Ulery, Ind 1 00 

Lizzie Fahnestock, Mo 50 

John Forney, Kan 1 50 

Susan Swally, Ind, 25 

Z. Henricks, Mo 25 

Martha Shaver, Va 3 00 

Nancy Schwantz, 111 40 

May W. Leight, Pa 50 

Jacob D. Rosenberger, Pa 30 



From Solomon's Creek Church, End. 



shall enjoy a new, peaceable union. B 
had several short meetings, and four t 
added to the church, and prospects are £ 
for more. 

The missionary spirit in our little arn 
the church is quietly moving on. Feeling 
need of more preaching in towns and ci 
have with the help of the adjoining churc 
purchased the M. E. church in New P 
all in good shape, in which a meeting wil 
gin, the Lord willing, about Feb. 1. A sti 
effort should be made by our Brethren 
outsiders to erect a church in Syracuse 
spring, If this is done, it will give us 
churches in this congregation. 

Daniel Shivei 

New Paris, Ind. 



From Oakland Church, Darke Co., O 



Haying frequently been requested by 
brethren who now live in different part 
God's moral heritage, and recognize the 
Oakland church as their mother chu 
to report through the columns of 
Gospel Messenger, the good news and 
gress of the church, it affords me p] 
ure to inform the Brotherhood through ; 
columns, that the Oakland church is aliv 
the work of the Master. 

Bro. Landon West, of Dayton, 0.,prea< 
a few sermons for us during the Holic 
and on Dec. 29, came to Webster, four n 
north of Oakland church, where he expe 
to hold forth the Word in the Methc 
church. Bro. West expected to remain < 
us for a week, but received word from h 
that he was needed there, and, therefore, 
only permitted to preach one sermon, w 
seemed to be highly appreciated by all 
heard it. We were sorry to see Bro. ^ 
leave at this time, but his promise to re 
in the near future seemed to satisfy the 
pie. Bro. West is a powerful expound* 
the truth, and is earnestly contending fo: 
faith once delivered unto the saints, 
trust that God will richly reward him 
the much appreciated services he gave ue 

I. B. Mill* 



From Koine Church, Hancock Co., O 



We have been quietly battling for the 



We called Bro. Isaac Franlz, from P] 
ant Hill, Ohio, to deal out the Bread of ] 
He commenced to hold forth on the ev< 
the 2nd, and continued until the ev< 
the 12th. The weather was very inclem 
and the roads bad, yet a goodly nun 
wended their way to the house of the I 
to sit under the droppings of the sanctu 
Christians were encouraged and built uj 
the faith. Sinners were made to trenc 
and we hope and pray, that they will 
longer resist the wooings of the Spirit, 
turn to the Lord, and not rest till every 
ter is broken, all their sins washed away, 
their souls made to rejoice in the assuram 
a full salvation, giving angels the pleasur 
carrying the glad tidings of their convert 



Feb. 9, 1886. 



THE QOSJPEL MESSENGER. 



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with good attendance, and, good interest. — 
One soul was made^willing to putfon Christ, 
others were counting the cost. May God"s 
richest blessings attend his faithful evangel- 
ists every- where. "We wish Godspeed to the 
Gospel Messenger's missionary effort. 

M. A. Dickey. 
Alvada, Ohio. 



MATRIMONIAL. 



ECKMAN-MARTIN.— At the residence of the bride's 
parents, on Jan 21, 1886, by the undersigned, brother 
Jacob A. Eckman and sister Ella Martin, both of Cher- 
ry Grove, Carroll Co , 111. D. Rowland. 

HOLDERRE \ D -S TUCKE Y.— By the undersigned, at 
his residence, on Jan. 17, 18S6, brother Charles L. 
Holderread and sister Mary E. Stuckey, both of Chero- 
kee church, Cherokee Co., Kan. 

Henry Shidklbr. 

WORKMAN-WORKMAN.— At the residence of the 
bride's parents, on Jan. 21, 1886, by the writer, broth- 
er Arthur S. Workman, of Holmes Co., 0., and sister 
May B. Workman, of Knox Co , 0. 

Edward Loomis. 

TURNER— MONTGOMERY.— At the residence of Bro. 
Wm Lants, in Baltic, , on Jan. 7, 1886, by the un- 
dersigned, Mr. Franklin Turner and Miss Nancy J. 
Montgomery, both of Coshocton Co., Ohio. 

M. H. Shutt. 

ZlMMERYIAN-LErlR.-At the residence of Eld. J. B. 
Shoemaker, on Dec. 24, brother H. F. Zimmerman and 
sister Jane Lear, both of Motteville T'p., St. Joe Co., 
Mich. 

PRISER-SCHROCK — Also at the residence of the 
bride's parents, by J. V. Felthouse, brother F. Priser 
and sister Mamie Schrock, both of Elkhart Co., Ind. 

RUSH — BANNER.— Also at the residence of the under- 
signed, on Jan. 20, 1886, Mr. Melvin Rush and Lillie 
M. Danner, both of Elkhart Co., Ind. 

A. A. Wise. 



FALLEN ASLEEP. 

"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord." 

LANTZ.— In the Monocacy church, on Jan. 4, 1886, 

Albert Lantz, beloved husband of sister Ellie Lantz, 

aged 38 years, 9 moi-ths and 9 days. 

Funeral services by the writer, assisted by brethren 

D. R. Sayler, and G. A.Hoover, from 1 Peter 1:24, 

to a large congregation. T. J. Koisn. 

HUFFORl) — In the Pyrmont church, Ind., on Jan. IP, 
sister Ella, daughter of brother I < eph and sister Mary 
Hufford, aged 12 years and 11 days. 
She bore her sutf ring with Christian patience. Fu- 
neral services by the brethren, from Rev. 22: 14. 

Babbaba E. Waoonbb. 

WHNGERT. — fn Pairview, Luver Cumberland church, 
Pa., on Jan. 1, 1886, lister Sophia Wengeit, widow of 
brother Michael Wen^e!, deceased, aged §78 years 
and 28 days. Deceased was the mother of Amos 
Wengert, and doctors Daniel and John Wengeit. 

DIXON. -At Dancannon, Pa., in the Lower Cumberland 
chnrch, on Jan. '1, 1886, brother Lewifi Dixon, aged 81 
years, 2 nion ha and •'■ d.ijs. Adam I!kki man. 

MYERx— In the toapl ■ Q ove church, Ashland Co., 0., 
on Oct. 31, 1885, of blood poison, brother Samuel J. 
Myers, aged 41 years, - r > months and 13 days. 

He leaves a widow with ->ix children, and two of 
them went to tin' spirit wall before him funeral ser- 
vices hy Eld. 0. N. Workman, Blessed are tiny which 
die in the Lord, A. J. MTRBB. 

RAY. — In the Lower rwin Greek church, Preble Co., 0., 
on Jan :'>, 1886, brother Henry II R iy. aged 67 years', 
11 months an I 11 <l. 
The subject of this notice was a consistent member 

and deacon in the church, a pious father, and a worthy 



neighbor. He leaves a wife, relations, and many friends 
to mourn their loss, but we believe their loss is his eter- 
nal gain. 

Funeral services improved by Eld Jacob Rife, of ths 
Four Mile church, Ind., and the home ministry, to a 
large concourse of people. H. C. Butterjsaugh. 

BASHORE —In Iowa Co., Micb., on Nov. 7, 1885, Sister 
Sarah Bashore, of old age. 
Sister Bashore's maiden name was Sarah Noffsinger. 
She was born in Berks Co., Pa., and was united in mat- 
rimony to Jacob Bashore, after which they migrated to 
Rockingham Co , Va., and thence to Miami Co., 0., wheie 
they remained until the year 1879, when her husband 
died. In the following spring she accompanied her son- 
in-law, Emmanuel Mote, to Iowa Co., Mich., where she 
died, having reached the advanced age of 79 years, 7 
rrrcnths and 22 days. Funeral services conducted by Bro 
Isaiah Rairick, from 2 Timothy 4: 6-8. 

I. B. Miller. 

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Mt Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Feb. 16, 1886. No. 7. 



Vol. 24, Old Series. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



H. B. BRUMBAUGH, Editor, 

And Business Manager of the Eastern House, Box 60, 

Huntingdon, Pa. 



Bno. Stump, of Waynesville, Mo., says, that the 
Messenger continncs to make its welcome visits 
to his home, where it is read with pleasure and 
profit. 

Bro. Qulnter has returned from his visit to 
Somerset Co., and reports a very pleasant meeting. 
A new church-house was set apart for the worship 
of God. 

Orders for Bro. Quinter's book are now being 
filled as they come in. A copy should be on the 
table of every brother and sister in the land. Send 
for it. Single copy, .f 1.50; per dozen, by express, 
$ 1 1 .00. 

Bro. Edwin Loveland, wife and two sons are 
members of the church. Their address is Maple 
Kidge, Areno Co., Mich. The church should make 
it a duty to keep posted on the whereabouts of the 
members, and where isolated from members, a cor- 
respondence should be kept up. 



We ;ae receiving a large number of reports from 
meetings being held irf different parts of the Broth- 
erhood. We are glad to notice that great good is 
resulting from these meetings, and that souls are 
being brought to Christ. Efficient labor in this di- 
rection will always bring good results. 



Bno. Michael J. Good, of Mt. Jackson, Va., in- 
forms us that Eld. S.F.Sanger was with them; 
preached fifteen sermons. Nine were added to the 
church, and others seemingly near the kingdom. 
Jas. M. Keagy, of Dayton, was also with them, and 
preached several acceptable sermons. He says, 
that during the meetings all came to the front and 
worked together as one man. The working togeth- 
er is the secret of success. Series of meetings will 
not amount to much without it. Souls will not 
Hock into a cold or dead church. The world is 
dead and cold, and when people leave it they want 
to go where there is life, zeal and spiritual warmth. 

It seems to us that some people are either very 
silly or first water hypocrites. They are continu- 
ally stigmatizing us on account of what they call 
ourseclusiveness, narrow-mindedness, etc., while 
their views are broad and exceedingly liberal. This 
is all stuff, and of a flimsy kind, too. We have 
nothing to do with widening the gates of heaven, 
neither can we make them any narrower. Our du- 
ty is to accept the plan of salvation as it is given, 
and this we try to do. If God will save any one 
short of complying with the whole truth, we have 
no objections to offer. But we do not wish to cast a 
reproach upon his word by feigning to believe that 
anything and everything will answer. We believe 
In the principles of our own church, and, on the 
whole, we believe that it comes nearest the truth, 
and therefore the safest. If we could believe that 
more popular churches are equally safe, and that 
people can sail to heaven basking in worldly ease, 
fashion and giddiness, we surely would take the 
easier way. We believe that God is not partial, 
and that he does not require more of one people 
than he does of another— that there is hut one 
standard, and by that standard all the nations of 
the earth will he judged. 



Bro. J. G. Winey, of Campbell, Mich., says: 
"Thus far we have had nice weather,— only a few 
days the mercury fell below zero. It has been 
nearly as cold in Florida as we have had here in 
Michigan. We are almost surrounded by water, 
which considerably moderates our weather." It 
would be comfortable for the balance of us if we 
could be hedged in during the winter months with 
a few lakes or a little sea. 



Bro. F. B. Bradfield, of Blaine, Fa., thinks that, 
as we use the solemn style in prayer, we should use 
it also in our common coirversation and communi- 
cations with each other. To the use of yea, nay, 
thee and thou, etc., there can be no objections urg- 
ed, as do the Friends or Quakers, yet there seems 
to be nothing in the Scriptures to enjoin this par- 
ticular style of language upon the followers of 
Christ. Their equivalents are equally appropriate 
and are so used in other languages. 



As the Golden Dawn for February lies before lis, 
we will leaf it over and tell you what it contains: 
On page one is "My Wanderings," chapter two, by 
"An Aged Filgrim." The writer assumes to be a 
traveler who started on his journey some fourteen 
centuries before Christ, and continues down 
through the different ages— well, we don't know 
how long, as we are only in the first part of it yet. 
By the young .and the Bible student it will be read 
with interest and instruction. Xext we have 
Charlotte Bronte, a lady made from a motherless 
child, and dashed through life in the shade— in- 
tensely interesting. To this is appended an 
original poem, "The Sunrise never failed us yet." 
"Lost— A Boy," is the unique title of a very reada- 
ble paper, by Howard Miller. This paper will be 
read with peculiar interest, as everybody will be 
anxious to know whether or not he was found. 
"Habits," by James M. Neff, tells a truth that ev- 
erybody should know, but many do not. Turning 
over again, we notice the page headed "Minnew- 
ha," an Indian-Quaker tale, vividly setting forth a 
home scene in the Keystone State soon after the 
Bevolutionary war, — location, a few miles west of 
Huntingdon, on the banks of the Juniata River. 
Will be continued through several numbers. "Two 
Foets," "Hawthorn's Genius" and "Sometime" are 
selections. Next we have the Sunday-school De- 
partment. First, "Attend the Frayer-meeting," by 
the editor, "Thoughts on Sunday-school work," by 
S. T. Bosserman. ruder Educational we have 
notes from the Mt. Morris and Huntingdon 
schools. These are full of rich and racy items that 
will be especially interesting to the friends of the 
schools. In the "Home Circle" are the following 
papers: "Swedish Deliberations." "Sweet-minded 
Women," "Labor in Belgium," "Funeral Kites." 
"Push," "Fun at Home," "Beds and Bed-rooms," 
"Sympathy of Occupation," "The Modern Girl," 
and "A few facts about Woman's Dress." Around 
the "Center Table" wc notice M. P. Lichty, Broth- 
er Hobah, Kate A. I. von, and our Sunny South 
contributor, J. H. M. They kind of spread them* 
selves and fill the whole table. Their letters are 
very interesting, and hope it may not be their last 
meeting. Under "Flashes of Genius," there are 
wise sayings from the pens of wise men and oth- 
erwise. The editorial Hashes out under the cap- 
tion, "The March of Thought," and the "Editor's 
Drawer" is full of crystals, stars. sun-dogs, etc. On 
the whole, it is a very excellent number, and, if 
possible, better than any of its predecessors. We 
give our readers the contents of one number of the 



Golden Dawn that all may have an idea of the vast 
amount of reading matter it contains. Look it 
over carefully, and then remember that we offer to 
send it to you a whole year for only $1.00. Send 
for it now. Its visit to your homes will add great- 
ly to your literary store and home enjoyments. 



DEATH OP ELD. D. M. HOLSINGER. 



Another of the aged ones has fallen asleep and 
gone to his reward. Eld. D. M. Holsinger, by rep- 
utation, is known throughout the Brotherhood, 
but there were traits of character exhibited in his 
private and home life known only by the few. In 
our own experience we never knew a man so calm 
and dispassionate under trying circumstances. 
His thoughts and deliberations came slowly, but 
they were as even as the ebb and flow of the tide. 
We were present at church meetings where he was 
placed under most trying circumstances, and yet 
we neyer saw him excited, or heard him say an un- 
guarded word. We believe we tell the truth when 
we say, that he was an humble and sincere Chris- 
tian and minister of the gospel, and guided his ac- 
tions by his ideas of right. 

The following extract we give from the Altoona, 
Fa., Dally Tribune: 

"Kev. Daniel Mack Holsinger, alter a long and 
useful life, passed peacefully to his reward, at his 
home in Fredericksburg, Sunday morning last as 
calmly as sinks the setting sun to rest in the great 
ocean of the west. 

"Deceased was born in Bedford county, Pennsyl- 
vania, October 22, 1S12, and received an* education 
commensurate with the opportunities offered in 
those days. August 12, 1832, he was united in mar- 
riage to Miss Folly Bitz. Feeling the need of a 
better education, and being possessed of a mind 
capable of expansion and thirsting after knowl- 
edge, he attended a night school taught by Prof. 
John Miller. This act seemed to change his"eourse 
of life and shaped his ends and made him a man of 
note in his church and community in all the days 
of his after life. 

"About the year 1883, he united with the Breth- 
ren Church, and was elected to the ministry about 
1841. In 1863 he was elected to the office of elder 
or bishop, serving the church with honor and cred- 
it, performing duties faithfully until the Master 
said, 'Enough, well done, good and faithful ser- 
vant, come up higher.' 15v the district conference 
he was sent on amission to the State of Maine, and 
by the Annual Conference to the states of Tennes- 
see, Michigan, Illinois and Iowa, in the interest of 
his church. 

"At the time Of his admission to the ministry, 
he was about the only English speaking clergyman 
in this part of the vineyard, and on account of this 
lie was called upon to officiate at most of the bur- 
ials that took place in the great Cove. 

"The deceased was happily possessed of an ex- 
ceedingly retentive memory, and being a close stu- 
dent of the Scriptures as well as a lover o( a num- 
ber of the poets, he had at his command almost the 
entire word of Cod. and could recite page after 
page of Milton's works. During the last fifteen 

years he was aim.. st totally blind, but this great 

store-house of knowledge was a constant source of 
consolation to him. and tended to lighten life's 
weary burdens and lighted his pathway to the 
tomb. 

-The tenets of the Brethren Church are averse to 
a paid ministry. Yet, notwithstanding this 

trine of the church, as well as the fact that the d< - 
ceased was a skill. >d mechanic in the coopering art 
il for the church and his Christ led him to' 
devote his time and talent to the work of the min- 
istry, traveling all the long, weary way through 
t\'s \ ale until he passed under the rod and 
went home to his Cod. To Daniel Mack Holsing- 
er, the l.rethren Church owes a debt Of platitude 
for his services and self-denials, that should be 
perpetuated in a monument of stone and marble 
erected to his memory." 



98 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER 



Feb. 16, 1886. 



ESSAYS. 



Study to show thyself approred unto God, a workman that 

needeth not be ashamed, rightly diriding the 

Word of Truth. 



FOR OTHERS. 



Weeping for another's woe, 
Tears flow then that would not flow 
When our sorrow was our own, 
And the deadly, stiffening blow 
Was upon our own heart given 
In the moments that have flown ! 

Cringing at another's cry 
In the hollow world of grief, 
Stills the anguish of our pain 
For the" fate that made us die 
To our hopes as sweet as vain; 
And our tears can flow again ! 

One storm blows the night this way, 
But another brings the day. 

— From the Century. 

i ■ ^ 

THE MINISTRY OF THE PRESS. 



BY DANIEL HAYS. 



"The servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle 
unto all men, apt to teach, patient." — 2 Tim. 2: 24. 

The efficiency of the press as an agency 
for good depends upon the principles by 
which it is regulated. Under the above 
Scripture, I offer a few of the principles 
that should control the press in promulgat- 
ing the sacred truths of the gospel, and in 
maintaining the peace, integrity, and distinc- 
tive doctrines of the church. 

First, The Messenger should be a faithful 
herald of the gospel. 

Second, It should be a true exponent of 
the doctrines of the church. 

Third, It should encourage peace, holiness, 
purity of life, and fidelity to the church, 
patiently, persistently, gently, yet surely. 

First, in order to accomplish this, it is 
necessary that the writers for the Messenger 
be filled with the spirit of peace, and the 
meekness of wisdom. There is a zeal not 
according to knowledge. The less of such 
zeal the better. 

Second, a writer should not provoke opposi- 
tion and prejudice to the truth by using 
opprobrioas terms and epithets. Scolding 
has never done any good. A grain of reason 
is worth a ton of abuse. 

Third, a writer should state the truth he 
holds, plainly, pointedly, kindly, and broth- 
erly, and leave the result with God. If any 
rise up to pick flaws, let them pick. The 
more the truth is picked at, the brighter it 
becomes. 

Fourth, the vices, and bad habits of indi- 
vidual members should not be used in 
ceaseless tirade, to reflect upon the character 
and purity of the church. Better show the 
better way. Set up the standard of holi- 
ness with invitations to purity of life from 
considerations of its blessedness. 

Seek for something to commend. Praise 
the weakest stumbler in the path of right 
for what he has already attained, and with 
loving exhortation urge him onward. Leave 
the probing of ulcers and putrid sores to the 
surgeon, and good-samaritan-like, pour in 
oil and wine. 



The great principle is to present the sim- 
ple truth. The truth itself is necessarily 
aggressive— aggressive without personality 
or offense. The truth is pure argument. 
It enlightens the mind, warms the heart, re- 
froms the conduct, and, under God, converts 
the soul, and such conversion brings holiness, 
and joy, and peace. 

GODLY CONVERSATION. 



BY W. R. MILLER. 



Your suggestion in regard to Christian 
duties, and, I may say, attainments, is a good 
one. There may be many articles written on 
this subject, for it is almost inexhaustible. 

Perhaps nothing has a better or a wider 
influence upon our own lives and upon those 
with whom we come in daily contact than a 
godly and Christian conversation. 

It makes us better ourselves and helps 
others to be better. It seems to me, that as 
Christians, we often fail in this duty. If we 
could see the result of our conversation we 
would be more careful in the matter of talk- 
ing. If we at all times would talk as we 
should, for Christ, many more of our 
associates would be converted. Christian 
conversation helps us to think of heaven and 
then we are led to act right and as a result 
are made better. 

How many of us remember when our 
hearts were saddened by sorrow ! When our 
dear ones were taken away from us, how the 
warm-hearted, sympathetic, Christian words 
of comfort and consolation touched our heart 
like the gentle dews of heaven; and how the 
light of our dear Savior's face shone the 
brighter as we grasped the words of consola- 
tion, and how, through grief and tears and 
human sympathy, we felt the power of Chris- 
tian conversation. God said, "Come up a 
little higher; through grief and tears thou 
art become better and purer." 

Who will say that Christian conversation 
has no power in it or does not impress itself 
upon those with whom We associate? Then 
let us guard well our tongues and see to it 
that our conversation is godly and seasoned 
with grace. So shall we the better keep our 
lives pure and spotless until the coming of 
the Master. 

Polo, III. 

"ACCORDING TO YOUR FAITH BE 
IT UNTO YOU."— Matt. 9: 2i>. 



BY DANIEL H0LS01TLE. 



We sometimes hear it said, that if we only 
have faith in the Lord JeBus Christ, we will 
be saved, — that it is not necessary for us to 
do this or that which we are commanded to 
do, but if we only believe wo shall be saved. 

Now the gospel does not imply that 
we can be saved by believing alone, but by 
obeying his teachings in faith believing. — 
As James 2: 17, tells us, "Faith, if it hath 
not works, is dead beiDg alone." Just so if 
we say we have faith, and our faith is not a 
working, but a dead faith, then our re- 



ward will be according to our faith,— death, 
and I am assured we all want life ever- 
lasting. 

Now, to obtain life, we muBt have a living 
faith which brings us to what the revelator 
says, "Here is the patience of the saints; 
here are they that keep the commandments 
of God, and the faith of Jesus, for we, 
through the Spirit, wait for the hope of right- 
eousness by faith; for in Christ neither cir- 
cumcision availeth anything nor uncircum- 
cision, but faith which worketh by love." 
Now if our faith is the faith of Jesus, it 
worketh by love. Christ says, "If ye love 
me, keep my commandments," now where 
are you, faith-alone servant? Are you keeping 
the Lord's commandments by saying you be- 
lieve in the Lord, and not doing the works 
which you are to do? j fear not; if you want 
to believe in the Lord, you must keep the 
faith of Jesus which worketh by love, then 
you can say with James, "I will shew thee 
my faith by my works." "Was not Abraham, 
our father, justified by works when he hsd 
offered Isaac, his son, upon the altar? Seest 
thou how faith wrought with his works and 
by works was faith made perfect?" Just eo 
now, with us our faith is made perfect by 
the works of obeying the Lord Jesus in 
all his teachings. 

By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, 
after they were compassed about seven days. 
Heb. 11: 30. Now we find a work attached 
to Joshua, — faith which was to "compass the 
city, all ye men of war, and go round about 
the city once. Thus shalt thou do six daye, 
and seven pries' s shall bear before the ark 
seven trumpets of rams' horns: and the sev- 
enth day ye shall compass the city seven 
times and the priests shall blow the trumpets 
and it shall come to pass, that when 
they make a long blast with the ram's hoin 
and when ye hear the sound of the trumpet, 
all the people shall shout with a great shout, 
and the wall of the city shall fall down flat." 
Joshua 6: 3. Now Joshua had faith and his 
faith prompted him to obey the Lord, and 
by obeying the Lord to the very letter, the 
wall fell. Just so now when the Lord 
says, "Kepent and be baptized for the remis- 
sion of your sins," let us have the faith 
Joshua hed and obey, not in baptism, but in 
ail his teachings as we learn Joshua not only 
CDmpassed the oity, but the priests blew the 
rams' horns and ihe people had to shout; 
then the walls fell. So we, if we have the 
faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, will be 
brought to obedience by it, and if we then 
hold out faithful unto the end, we have the 
promise of life everlasting, but our faith, 
believing short of obeying all the teachings, 
is dead ; so, if our faith is not a working faith, 
according to our faith we are dead. Amen. 

Rummel, Somerset Co., Pa., Nov. 28th. 



THE GROUND OF OUR HOPE. 



BY B. F. MOOMAW. 



Sin is the root of all our trouble, not only 
of the sense of guilt and condemnation, and 
bondage, which we feel when under its pow- 
er; but of every perplexity, pain, and dis- 



Feb. 16, 1886. 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



99 



comfort of body, mind, and soul. Nothing 
else could have interrupted the pure stream 
of unalloyed bliss, which filled the experience 
of our first parents, amid the beatific scenes 
of their Edenic bower, and which,'|but for 
their transgression, *would] have descended, 
undiminished, to'all their ^posterity.' 

All the subtraction from ^absolute perfec- 
tion, and unalloyed happiness, of moral, in- 
tellectual, spiritual,' and physical, 'manhood, 
which we now suffer, is due to the separa- 
tion from God,' which sin has wrought. God 
is the source of ally life, and] the vivifying 
energy which flows from* him who knows no 
pain, nor] weakness, ' nor. imperfection, nor 
regret, nor sighing, nor cessation. It feels 
notlthe. blight, and mildew, 'and decay >f sin. 
Joined to him,' the primeval pair had immor- 
tality, and all _. the physical world had joy 
and]beauty, but; when the serpent had] be- 
guiled them from their loyalty and love, all 
was chaos again, and ruin, and death. 

Should the Earth forget her accustomed 
track around the Sun, or rebel against the 
fundamental law of gravitation, '. or" wander 
away from the path of her sublime flight to 
follow the seductions of a "wandering star," 
soon all the]forms of life which animate her 
continents, rivers, and oceans, and which de- 
pend upon the light and warmth of the Sun, 
would perish miserably in one vast, undistin- 
guishable mass of utter ruin. 

Much less can the world maintain moral 
and spiritual life separated from the "Sun of 
Righteousness." 

But almost simultaneous with the ruin 
came the promised remedy. Indeed, long 
before the tragedy of Eden, long before the 
foundations of the world were laid, God had 
provided the remedy in the "Lamb that was 
slain [in the divine plan and purpose] from 
the far-off icon's of eternity. Succeeding 
the sentence of death came the promise of 
life. Death's reign would only be transient, 
and would give place to the reign of life. 
Beyond this there would be no change, but 
the succeeding dispensation of the "fulness 
of times" revealing new eternities of bliss, 
in the ever-increasing fulness of this life. 
The seed of the woman should bruise the 
serpent's head. The devil had the power of 
death, which he wielded by all the instru- 
ments of disease, or accident, or war, but the 
promised seed would abolish both devil and 
death, with all the fell instruments of his 
short-lived power. He was manifested to 
destroy the works of the devil. But by 
what process of recovery could man again 
reach the high plane of moral and spiritual 
perfection and power? His first transgres- 
sion not only overwhelmed him with guilt, 
but robbed him of the ability to render a 
a perfect obedience to the fundamental laws 
of righteousness and life, and exposed him 
to new and immeasurable tran agressions, and 
ever-increasing guilt. With man it was, 
and, is yet, impossible, but with God all 
things are possible. Here is the divine solu- 
tion of this mighty problem, the glorious 
accomplishment of this impossible task. — 
"For he hath made him to be sin for us irho 
knew no sin, that tee might be made the right- 



eousness of God in him." May the Holy 
Spirit enable us to dip from this boundlebs 
ocean of truth, and fill the chalice of Chris- 
tian consolation. 

He was made sin for us. There were four 
thousand years of, type and symbol, teaching 
this truth, pointing forward to its accom- 
plishment in the far-off ages of redeeming 
love. The firstling of the flock, the sacrifi- 
cial lamb, which Abel, and Enoch, and 
Noah, and Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, offer- 
ed, as an atonement for sin, were the oft-re- 
peated lessons that, in God's plan of redemp- 
tion, the innocent must suffer for the guilty. 
The sacrificial offering must be without spot 
or blemish, signifying themoraland spiritu- 
al perfections of Christ. Its being slain upon 
the altar, as a satisfaction for the sins of 
guilty men and women, signified his dying 
for our iniquities, as an all-sufficient atone- 
ment and satisfaction. 

Again, the lamb of the Passover, and the 
blood upon the door-post, pointed to the 
lesson, that God's wrath against sin would 
"pass over," or by, every one upon whose 
heart would be found the blood of the better 
sacrifice, and his sentence of death would 
have no power on those] who stood beneath 
the protection of this sign. 

Again, the brazen serpent, "lifted up," 
taught the same lesson in another form, 
that the spotless Son of God should be made 
sin, — should bear the imputation of the 
world's iniquity, and, for the time being, ap- 
pear as a sinner, though 'not \ a trace of sin's 
malice or poison coidd be found in him. — 
The scape-goat also symbolized the same 
truth. This animal is the emblem of all de- 
pravity and impurity. Upon his head, all 
the sins of the people were put, and he was 
sent away, into the wilderness. Christ was 
made sin for us, and, like the scape-goat, 
though in real nature a gentle lamb, all the 
sins of the people were laid upon him, and 
he was sent into the wilderness of death. 

Finally, this teaching of types and shadows 
culminated in the cross. Four thousand 
years had been spent in preparing humanity 
and nature for this awful scene, yet when its 
horrors were revealed, the: guilty nations 
scarce were spared the avenging sword of 
justice. Jesus saw its descending swoop, and 
lurid flash, and, catching the fiery blade, he 
sheathed it in his own bosom, and the na- 
tions were saved. 

Nature scarce could endure the shock; 
she covered her face with the mantle of 
darkness; the rocks rent, and the founda- 
tions of the earth were removed. Death 
fled, affrighted, and released his iron grasp 
from many of the dead. Hell stood aghast, 
and ceased forever her exultant boast of 
victory. 

"He was made sin for us who knew no 
sin." "He bare our sins in his own body on 
the tree." "He carried our griefs and bare 
our sicknesses." It was an "uttermost" sal- 
vation. It fathomed the deepest depths, 
and spanned the broadest chasms of our ini- 
quity, and cancelled all its consequences, 
physioal, moral, intellectual, and spiritu- 
al. 



Grim Justice Hung away her dreadful sword, 
And bowed submissive to the corquering Lord. 
Mercy ascended th' eternal throne to reign, 
And love celestial followed in her train . 

The dragon- serpent bruised Immanuel's heel, 
But, crushed, he lay beneath his chariot wheel; 
And hallelujahs hailed the happy hour, 
When man. redeemed, was rescued from his power. 

But we have only traveled over one hem- 
isphere of truth, and gazed upon one ocean 
of consolation. Beyond lie broader, fairer 
fields, and wider seas. As he was made sin 
for us, we are made the righteousness of 
God in him. 

This is the restored union with God, 
which was broken off in Eden; this is the 
"new creature;" this is the life of Christ in 
us, the life that is "hid with God;" this is 
the indwelling grace which, by and by, shall 
become the out-flashing glory. Not our own 
righteousness, but the righteousness of God. 
Job exulted in his own righteousness, until 
he saw the righteousness of God, which 
comes by faith, and then he exclaimed, "I 
abhor myself in dust and ashes." The 
righteousness of obedience is comely, when 
contemplated by itself, but it will not bear 
comparison with the righteousness which is 
imputed to us by faith. The one is the 
righteousness of a perfect creature, the 
other is the righteousness of God. But few 
apprehend the latter, while they are content 
to rest in an approximate measure of the 
former. There are many yet, even in the 
church, who "go about to establish their 
own righteousness, and have not submitted 
themselves to the righteousness of God;" 
and this is the root of all intolerance, ego- 
tism, and phariseeism. Let there be less of 
self, and more of Christ in the heart, and all 
unlovely passions and prejudices will disap- 
pear forever. 

Here we catch a glimpse of infinite love. 
It would have been enough to restore fallen 
man to his primeval state of moral, physical, 
and intellectual perfections, and invest him 
again with innocence, and immortality, but 
lo! in the sequel of redeeming love, he is 
lifted to angelic, archangelic, yea, divine per- 
fection and bliss. He is invested with the 
righteousness of God, and shines forth as 
the Sun in the kingdom of the Father. 

It is needless for me to say that this right- 
eousness is the gift of God, and in the very 
nature of things, as it could be reached by 
no effort of our own, it comes purely and 
simply as the reward of faith. It cannot be 
separated from the righteousness of obedi- 
ence, but is as different in its nature, as it 
is infinitely greater in its measure, and 
more glorious in its absolute perfections. — 
Who would not strive for it? Who would 
not fling aside every vanity and press for- 
ward to this prize? Who would not give all 
to stand on the crystal sea, and dwell in the 
city of God for endle3s ages ? Who would 
not wear the robe aud crown of eternal 
righteousness, and stand on equal terms 
with angels, and archangels, those rkining 
ministers of love and power? Who would 
not joy to awake in the likeness of Christ, in 
the bright dawn of the eternal morning, 
when the dew of immortal youth shall rest 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 



Feb. 16, 1886. 



upon every brow, and the glory of God's 
righteousness shall enrobe the redeemed, 
and the power and rapture and love of end- 
less life shall be the "unspeakable things." 
Dec. 9) 1885. 



NON-CONFORMITY. 



BY R. W. HUFFOBD. 



While reading Bro. Hays' essay on non- 
conformity, my attention was particularly 
drawn to an evil that our brother alluded to 
that has found its way among the religious 
people of this ago and also in our own Fra- 
ternity. 

I will here quote a sentence of our broth- 
er's own production, "A corrupt, worldly 
fashion has been introduced by men, rela- 
tives of the deceased, keeping their hats on 
during all the services of singing, prayer, 
and preaching at funerals." 

Would any one who strictly believes in 
God's Word, on any other occasion fo devo- 
tional exercise dare approach their Father 
with their heads covered? Would not their 
conscience condemn such an act? Why 
it can be tolerated on these occasions with- 
out violating the Word of God has always 
been a mystery to me. 

Perhaps those of our brethren or friends 
who uphold the custom will come forward 
and explain. 

While the minister is praying the Father 
to come and be very near to those bereft of 
their friends, and to sustain them in their 
hours of deep affliction, do they not then, if 
ever in their lives, feel to respond with a 
yea and amen to the same? But whether 
any one can do so having his head covered 
and not dishonoring his head, is a question 
with me of a doubtful character. 

I remember at one time while attending 
the obsequies of a relative (a sister of the 
same faith), the relatives on the male part 
made no attempt to remove their hats, but 
sturdily left them on during all the religious 
services; my conscience was smitten and I 
felt it my bounden duty to remove my hat 
when it could be done just as well as not. 
For it (as my brother says) "betrays such 
an indifference to the solemn services of 
God, that it has not a single feature to rec- 
ommend it." 

We hope a general reform will take place 
among the professors of religion, that they 
may become enlightened in the Word of 
God and obey the same and not adhere to 
the customs of men, when they are in oppo- 
sition to the Word of God. I am glad my 
brother has touched upon this subject, as 
the custom has made its way into our own 
Fraternity and it is necessary that the rising 
generation be taught to evade such customs 
that are not in harmony with the Word of 
God. We yet feel to extend the subject a 
little further and point out a habit to which 
some of our brethren have become addicted 
which I think is also a violation of the gos- 
pel, and that is this: 

At times when our brethren meet at the 
water side to administer the ordinance of 
baptism, some of our brethren will, while 



singing and prayer are engaged in, on the 
bank, have their heads uncovered. But as 
the penitent and the one set apart for the 
work descend into the water, their hat 
is again placed on their head and left 
there throughout the entire ceremony. This 
I think looks cold and indifferent towards 
the cause of Christ. 

Every member present should invari- 
ably be engaged in earnest prayer to God in 
behalf of the one making these solemn vows 
with his God, that he may be able to ful- 
fill the promise he is juet then making, and 
that the Holy Spirit which the minister in- 
vokes upon him may be richly bestowed up- 
on him that he may at once be numbered 
with the sanctified in heaven. 

Brethren, let us "Prove all things and 
hold fast that which is good." 



WAYSIDE GLEANINGS. 



BY GRANVILLE NEVINGER. • 

Those extra copies of the missionary num- 
ber of the Messenger that I ordered came duly 
to hand and after stitching and trimming 
them ready for use I examined their con- 
tents and am happy to say that they meet my 
highest expectation and contain such golden 
truths from the "Perfect Law of Liberty" that 
we opine that the King of darkness will 
frown at the thought of them being scatter- 
ed among his devotees and that some of our 
faith-alone advocates will writhe and squirm 
under those sturdy strokes of the gospel 
hammer. How any brother or sister can 
get along in their warfare against sin and 
Satan without the Gospel Messenger, is 
more than I can conjecture. 

Satan never did get control of a man or 
individual without doing it under false pre- 
tenses or sailing under false colors. There 
is nothing so detrimental to his cause as the 
truth and fall well he knows that to tell 
nothing but the truth, he would fail. His 
pretenses are so shallow and his false colors 
so thin that, methinks, the most simple could 
fathom their shallow foundations. While in 
Kansas last fall, I shared the hospitality 
of an old friend who, at one time, was a 
strong pillar (or at least we thought so) in 
the Church of the Brethren. After moving 
to Kansas, he united with the secret organ- 
ization known as the United Workmen and 
rather than give up his membership in 
that secret order, with its flimsy promises 
and its false charity, he chose to lose his fel- 
lowship with the saints, the promises of God, 
the joys of the people of God, and the broad 
and eternal charity of the gospel of Christ. 

In conversation with our friend he gave 
us some figures in regard to this order, 
which may be of use to some of your read- 
ers. 

Each member of that order, he said, had to 
pay a yearly annuity of sixteen and one half 
dollars, and at the end of his life, let it be 
long or short, the Society is to pay his 
heirs the sum of $2000. 

Now let us notice the thin gauze that cov- 
ers the naked truth, in regard to their much 
boasted charity. Their charity extends to 



those that are able to pay their dues and 
when they become too poor to do that, then 
their By-Laws do not require the lodge to 
help their indigent members any longer. 

By computing the annuity at compound 
interest, at the rate of eight or ten per cent, 
it will be seen that in the course of twenty- 
five or thirty years the sum paid to the Soci- 
ety would equal or exceed the bounty re- 
ceived by the member. Then the inequality 
of the sum total that each member must pay. 
Not on the gospel principle of "as the Lord 
has prospered them," but according to the 
number of years they live in fellowship with 
the order. Thus for every one that pays one 
dollar and receives two dollars, some other 
member will have to pay two dollars and re- 
ceive one in return. Yet, with all this, if 
the poor member could pay the one dollar 
and receive the two, and vice versa, we 
would not object, but it is generally the re- 
verse, for if a man lives to be fifty years old, 
and then joins the Society, by the rules of 
economy he would be worth more in a finan- 
cial view than one who had united with 
them at the age of twenty-one, because the 
latter would not have the income of a score 
and a half years like the former, and yet, if 
both reached three Bcore and ten, he would 
have to pay about three times as much as 
the former. 

Mulberry Grove, III. 

LOOKING BACK. 



BY ISAAC WAGONER. 



Many start upon the Christian way with 
their eyes fixed upon the goal, and with the 
determination to obtain the prize set before 
them. They firmly set their faces Zion- 
ward, and turn their backs upon the world 
and its allurements. With warm and 
honest hearts they engage in the 
service of God, and become earnest laborers 
in the Master's vineyard. Smooth and 
pleasant is the way at the beginning, but 
the time comes when their faith must be 
tried ; then the allurements of the world, its 
temptations and the petty annoyances of 
life, present themselves with greater force 
than ever before. 

Here the young Christian begins to be dis- 
couraged, he loses his earnestness, and, be- 
fore he is aware of it, is looking back. The 
furrow is lost, and he is again in the sins of 
the world. Now Jesus says, "No man hav- 
ing put his hand to the plow, and looking 
back, is fit for the kingdom of God." What 
progress would the plowman make, were he 
continually looking back? In order to ac- 
complish his work, he must have his eye on 
the furrow and his mind on the work, and 
with patience continue until the field has 
been plowed. Looking back renders the 
furrow imperfect. So it is with the Chris- 
tian, he must have his eye fixed upon Christ 
and the work to which he is called; he must 
look to God at all times with faith, trusting 
him for guidance in his work, and, regard- 
less of the things of this world, which he 
has left behind, he must press on, without 
looking back, or else he will render his 



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101 



Christian way a very imperfect one. Satan 
is continually surrounding us with his evil 
attractions and holds on to us with a tight 
grip, striving to turn us back, but if we look 
upward, we shall come off more than con- 
querors. 

"He that ploweth should plow in hope." 
We must not grow weary in the service of 
the Master, or allow ourselves to grow cold 
and sluggish, "For the sluggard will not 
plow by reason of the cold, therefore shall 
he beg in the harvest, and have nothing." 
So will it be with the Christian, who be- 
comes sluggish, whose hands relax, and who 
looks back. The furrow becomes crooked, 
the soil is not properly prepared for the 
seed, hence he will have nothing and shall 
beg in the harvest. 

It is difficult work for the young Chris- 
tian, or for those just starting out in life, to 
assume the cares of the world, but it is by 
the hard and persevering efforts of the dis- 
ciple that a plenteous harvest of golden fruit 
is gathered. Labor hard to fight against the 
the temptations of the world and the assults 
of the enemy! Count the cost before start- 
ing! Submit to the will of God! Cancel 
everything of an earthly nature that would 
interfere with your obedience to him and 
your progress in the field, for he who would 
follow him, must follow him wholly or not at 
all. Patience and perseverance in the cause 
of Christ, will at last bring to us the "Well 
done, thou good and faithful servant; enter 
thou into the joys of thy Lord." 

Owasco, Ind. 



A QUESTION. 



BY B. C. MOOMAW. 

I was interested in Brother I. J. Bosen- 
bergei's remarks on the New Birth, in the 
GosrEL Messenger, number fifty, but did 
not fully understand some of his teachings 
on Baptism. Will Brother Kosenberger 
please answer the following questions ? 

First, Did Ananias rebuke Saul for pray- 
ing, fasting, wrestling, and believing? Bro. 
R.'s remark in this connection conveys the 
impression that he did. 

Second, does not the phrase, "Why tarri- 
est thou," rather indicate that Saul already 
had the necessary degree of conviction, re- 
pentance, and faith, to qualify him for bap- 
tism, and that there was no necessity for 
further effort in that direction? 

Third, Did the virtue of Naaman's cure 
consist in the water and the Word, or did it 
not consist in the power of God, through the 
Word made efficacious by the faith and 
obedience of Naaman? 

Fourth, What theological relation is there 
between "the water and the blood" or, in 
other words, between baptism and the atone- 
ment. 

Fifth, We are taught that baptism is for, 
or unto, the remission of sins. Again, wo 
are taught that "the blood of Jesus Christ, 
his Son cleanseth from all sin." 

i Since the last is the most specific and 
comprehensive statement, is it not clear that 
we are cleansed by the blood of the atone- 



ment, made efficacious on our behalf by our 
faith and obedience in baptism? 

I ask these questions because I desire for 
myself and others, all possible light on these 
important subjects. 

ANSWER. 

In calling up texts as testimony, in line of 
any subject, we do not usually pause to trace 
the various meanings of those texts, but sim- 
ply apply them to the point in question, 
and then pass on. 

As to query first and second, filed above 
by Brother B. C, we but re-affirm that the 
address of Ananias, "And now, why tarriest 
thou?" is strong, interrogative language, and, 
contains a rebuke for his tarrying, with a 
view, seemingly, to impress the venerable 
seeker with one word, — duty. It also im- 
plies that he had the necessary faith and re- 
pentance to qualify him for baptism,or had un- 
dergone spiritual conception, hence was pre- 
pared to be "born of water and of the Spirit." 

To get our idea more clearly before you, 
we will contrast the above with our modern 
sy stem of conversion. 

Viewing Ananias as an advocate of this 
modern theory, I can see him coming in, 
and quietly, on his knees, joining in prayer 
with the anxious seeker; gently stroking him 
on the back, bidding him to "Pray, pray on, 
only believe, have faith," etc 

But instead of the above, we find Ananias 
faithfully holding up the time-honored doc- 
trine of Pentecost, "Which was to be preach- 
ed among all nations, beginning at Jerusa- 
lem." 

Query 3. — In Naaman's case the virtue was 
not "in the water and the Word," as Bro. B. C. 
has it, but in the Word and the water; the 
Word of the L}rd attached to the means, — 
"The sword of the Lord and Gideon.*' The 
sword of the Lord first, Gideon second. 

As to obedience, it was essential, because 
included in the Word. 

As to faith, it was not included in the 
cure. We question if Naaman acted in faith. 
In fact the attending circumstances strongly 
indicate the contrary. 

As to the query fourth and fifth, it is true 
that "the blood maketh an atonement for the 
soul," Lev. 17: 11, "That without shedding 
of blood there is no remission of sins," 
Heb. 0: 22; hence it is evident that "The 
blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all 
sin."— 1 John 1: 7. That is, the blood of 
Christ gives virtue and efficacy to the sys- 
tem, renders the me*n3 of grace effisacious. 
We are now enabled to "purify our souls in 
obeying the truth."— 1 Peter 1: 22, 

Within the above system the penitent en- 
ters. By faith he begets a godly sorrow 
for the sin of his fallen race, and his own 
sins; in baptism he has the assurance of the 
pardon of his sins. See Matt. 3: 6; Mark 1: 
4; Luke 3:3; Acts 2: 58, 22: 16. 

As inmates of the Church, amid the trials 
and battles of life, we are met again with 
the hand of pardon upon confession of our 
wrongs. See Ps. 32: 5; Prov. 28: 13; James 
6: 16; 1 John 1: 9. 



Last, but not least, in case of sickness, 
which is the common door to the chamber 
of death, it is provided that we be anointed 
with oil; following this observance is the 
consoling assurance, "If we have committed 
sins, they shall be forgiven ns." See James 
5: 14. Hence, while the blood of Christ 
cleanseth us from all sin, it gives virtue to 
the system. We see in the above that bap- 
tism, confession, and anointing with oil, 
are each followed with the promise of re- 
mission of our sins. I. J. Rosenberger. 



TEMPERANCE 



BY P. D. WAGONER. 



I notice, in No. 50 of the Messenger, 
that some of the Brethren are grieved with 
some of the temperance articles published 
therein. It struck me forcibly that I should 
tell what I gleaned from a religious paper 
three years ago: 

"There are 25,000,000 moderate drinkers 
in the United States, more than 3,000,000 
(be it said to their shame) belong to the 
professed churches of Christ. Stop all mod- 
erate drinking, and in five years there will 
be no drunkarde, and the 250,000 liquor sa- 
loons in the United States will be closed up. 
Moderate drinking leads to immoderate, and 
immoderate drinking makes drunkards." 

The bow], though rich and bright, 
Its mbies flash upon the sight, 
And adders coil its depth beneath; 
Whose lure is woe, whose sting is death. 



LEARN TO DO WELL 



BY GERTRUDE A. FLORY. 

I have finished reading, "Warning," by 
Enoch Eby, and think it should be heeded 
by every brother and sister of our blest Fra- 
ternity. 

It is a noted fact, that we make a complete 
failure, whenever we try to carry the Church 
on one shoulder and the world on the other, 
for then we become a combination of both, 
and are neither worldlings nor Christians. 
Think you that God is pleased with such a 
combination? Verily, no. He would have 
us wholly consecrated to himself, and this 
can only be done by obadience to his will, 
not in part, but all. 

Brethren, I appeal to you, Will you let it 
be said of our Church, that "Her glory has 
departed? Would not a little energetic 
work on the part of each member, by getting 
himself in order, do much toward the 
"glory that is departed?" 

The adage, 'United we stand, divided we 
fall," is very applicable to the church. As 
long as we are united upon gospel princi- 
ples, the right musf prevail, and there will 
be a glory and luster in the Church, that 
will abound to the honor and glory of God, 
and to the welfare of never-dying souls. 
Satan, with all his hosts, icill not be able to 
make an inroad on a band of God's children 
who are thus united. "Behold how good 
and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell 
together in unity!" 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGEK. 



Feb. 16, 1886. 



MISSIONARY. 



BY NOAH LONGANECKER. 



The Committee appointed by the "Home 
Mission Board of the North-eastern Dis- 
trict of Ohio," to organize a local church 
of the scattered members living in the Lake 
Shore counties, met with the Bristolville 
church on Dec. 5th and 6th for public 
preaching. Although the weather was cold, 
and a severe snow-storm prevailed without, 
yet the love and peace that prevailed in the 
hearts of the members of said church, more 
than made amends for the cold and storm 
without. The third Epistle of John, second 
verse, expresses our prayer in part, for said 
church. If we were to report all about said 
church, the readers would have reason to re- 
member verses three, four and five, of said 
Epistle. God bless them. On the 7tb, we 
met with some of the scattered members in 
Ashtabula Co. Found them no less zealous 
and faithful than the members at Bristolville 
church. Labored with them as opportunity 
afforded on the 7th, 8th and 9th. On the 10th 
met for council. Committee met at 8 A. M. 
to organize. D. N. Workman was appointed 
Moderator, and N. Longanecker, Secretary. 
A programme of business for council was 
then prepared. At 10: 30 A. M. the mem- 
bers convened for council. Council was 
opened by singing hymn 103, followed by 
prayer. John 10: 1-16 was then read, fol- 
lowed with remarks from Committee. Re- 
marks were then made as to the object of 
council. After due consultation with mem- 
bers present, it was unanimously decided 
that a local church be organized. It was 
then resolved that the following be the boun- 
dary-line of said local church: Starting at 
the State-line on the east with the boundary- 
line between Ashtabula and Trumbull coun- 
ties; thence running due west with said line 
through Geanga and Cuyahoga counties, ter- 
minating at a point on the west of the city of 
Cleveland; thence north-east to the State- 
line, with lake Erie on the west and north; 
thence Bouth with state-line to place of be- 
ginning, — containing the whole of Ashtabula 
and Lake counties, and part of Geanga and 
Cuyahoga counties. It was then decided 
that the following members, with others that 
may live within said boundaries, belonging 
to the German Baptist (or Brethren) church, 
constitute said local church: Jacob Kittinger 
and wife; Henry Martin and wife; Geo. W. 
Keener and wife; Frank Lilly and wife; 
John Kreger and wife; Jacob Pinkerton and 
wife; Ellen B. Smith, and Catharine Rich- 
ard. 

It was then decided that said local church 
be known as the Lake Shore church. D. N. 
Workman was unanimously chosen as presid- 
ing elder of said church. By the earnest en- 
treaty of Bro. Woikman, the decision was so 
modified as to extend only to time of the next 
District Meeting of North-eastern Ohio. 

Geo. W. Keener, Jacob Kittinger, and 
Henry Martin were chosen as a Committee 
to secure a place in which to hold public ser- 
vices. 



It was then decided to hold a choice for 
one deacon. Jacob Kittinger was chosen and 
installed into office. 

It was then unanimously resolved to ren- 
der heart-felt thanks to the North-eastern 
District of Ohio, for sending help in this, 
their time of need, by responding to their 
prayers and appeals in unmistakable expres- 
sions of regard for them. 

A charge was then given by the Committee 

to said church, to conform to the order of 

the general Brotherhood, as taught by the 

Word of God. After singing and prayer, the 

council adjourned. 

D. N. Workman, ) 

Samuel Sprankle, [• Committee. 

Noah Longanecker, ) 

Having received a message to return home 
to attend a funeral, the secretary left on 
Thursday eve. Brethren Workman and 
Sprankle labored with the church until the 
14th. Quite an interest prevailed toward the 
close of their labors. Although the Breth- 
ren of the Lake Shore church are few in 
number, as yet, but judging from their love, 
zeal, and faith, we cannot see why the good 
Lord will not multiply their number exceed- 
ingly. May they never leave their first love. 
Brethren and sisters of North-eastern Ohio, 
remember the members of the Bristolville 
and Lake Shore churches in your prayers, 
and back up your prayers by Christ's "go." 

A wealthy farmer who had his bins filled 
with corn, was earnestly praying for the poor. 
His little son said to him, "Father, I wish I 
had your corn-crib." "Why, sonny?" "Then 
I would answer your prayers." The applica- 
tion is plain. May the good Lord bless Bro. 
Workman in his new field of labor, and give 
him souls for his hire. 

With this the committee sends their thanks 
to the members of the church they visited, 
for the care and respect that was manifested 
to them. 

Isa. 54, comes to our mind, but we dare 
not comment here. Fare ye well; good bye! 
God be with you! 



THE DUTY OF MINISTERS AND 

CHURCH, IN THE SPREAD 

OF THE OOSPEL. 



BY DENNIS WEIMER. 

Under this head we shall first consider 
the duty of ministers, as the greater burden 
falls upon them. They should be sound in 
the faith, and this means more than simply 
to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and 
that baptism is for the remission of sins. 
Faith is the substance of the sinner's hope, 
but to the regenerated, is the evidence of 
things unseen. He must be grave, sober, and 
watchful. He must have that almost name- 
less quality that is not altogether expressed 
by the word diligence. There are a great 
many orators, expounders, divines, and ex- 
horters who are so completely void of that 
inward enthusiasn and holy zeal, that much 
of the unrighteous mammon must be bestow- 
ed upon them, to engage in the work exten- 
sively. They are satisfied with the most or- 



dinary qualifications, and then make such 
blunders that the hearers are glad to escape, 
manifesting their disgust. Those ministers 
then wonder why it is that others have atten- 
tive hearers and they have not. 

Here I will give you a piece of my mind. 
And that is, "Study to show thyself approv- 
ed, a workman that needeth not be asham- 
ed, rightly dividing the Word." Never al- 
low yourself to handle a subject that you are 
not able to divide properly. Whenever your 
thoughts once settle upon a subject, never 
abandon it, however dark it may seem at 
first, until you have fully digested it, unless 
it be one of God's mysteries. One subject 
fully digested will dispel the gloom and 
darkness of a hundred others. This requires 
study, unrelenting study. This is one among 
the many studies to which Christ's ministers 
are heir. L9t this be the standard, so long 
as our exposition of any part of the gospel 
can be contradicted Jby any "other part of it, 
we are not yet at our journey's end. 

Preach the gospel, and nothing" but the 
gospel. If the exegesis of it lies in the vine, 
the olive tree, the race, the sower, the leaven, 
or even in newspaper stories, don't be afraid 
of it, neither shun to declare it all. If you 
are poor even to suffering, and see clearly 
that you shall not be able to help your loved 
ones, even to one dollar, when they reach 
their majority, bear it all patiently, "for 
great is your reward in heaven." 

The providing for those of his own house, 
is also one of the minister's duties. But do 
not waste precious time to provide gay horses 
and fine carriages for them, "but having food 
and raiment, be therewith content." Do all 
for Jesus, not for honor or popularity. 

The elder who rules well is worthy of 
double honor. But that honor cometh not to 
him whose heart is set upon it, but alone to 
him who so loves the purchased redemption, 
that he would give his life for it. 

There is yet an exceedingly great work be- 
fore us, and such a work as the ministry it- 
self is not able to perform. The help of the 
laity is absolutely necessary, in different 
ways. First, if the conduct of the laity is 
such that becomes men and women profes- 
sing godliness, they have won two-thirds of 
the battle in their surroundings, and the 
minister can easily strike the decisive blow 
by the Word of Life. But if he has not this 
help, he cannot gain many brilliant victories, 
how hard soever he may labor. 

Second, In the general spread of the gos- 
pel, it is necessary that the church assist the 
ministry. The Savior has promised that 
whosoever shall forsake all for my sake, shall 
have an hundredfold in this life, and in the 
world to come, eternal life. "Give and it shall 
be given unto you, heaped up, shaken down, 
shall men give unto your bosom." Much 
of that hundredfold therefore shall come 
by men. Is it unreasonable for the church 
to assist the minister who is in limited cir- 
cumstances, to bear some of his burden? 
They have a right, to^expect much of the 
minister, but should they not at least expect 
something of themselves? 

While I have always opposed salaried 



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ministers, I have as constantly maintained 
if the minister is financially unable to spread 
the gospel as far as^hk physical ability will 
admit, it is the church's duty to assist him. 
Again, it so happens ^sometimes, and not 
unfrequently either, that the church makes 
choice of men to'maintain her cause, who are 
not able to supply themselves with the nec- 
essary books. The Savior gave to every man 
talents according to his ability, and if the 
church sees the ability in a man she ought to 
give bim the means to use the talents. 

Here I want to offer a suggestion. If min- 
isters are not able to supply themselves with 
necessary books, the church ought to do so, 
and if they find it too expensive to supply 
each one separately, let them have a general 
library of standard works in the church for 
them. 

In conclusion I will, say, Lend a helping 
hand. Help the sister to bear her burdens 
while her husband is gone. Help the little 
ones with the farm work while father is gone. 
Help spread the gospel, by helping your 
ministers. 

I have known churches who had a full 
supply of ministers, and were wiilling to pay 
the expenses^of strange ministers wh^n they 
couldhear the preaching themselves, but when 
some one is called to preach the gospel where 
there is no one to say, "We will reimburse 
you," these same churches are very slow 
to contribute. ; The ministers too often 
are left to pay their own expenses, loee 
their own time, and the family have to beer 
their own burden. Lend a helping hand; 

Bealeton, Va. 



RESTORING IN SPIRIT 
MEEKNESS. 



OF 



BY SAMUEL WEIMER. 



"Bbktiirkn, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which 
are spiritual restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, 
considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted." Ga!. 6: 
I. 

"Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and 
one convert him, let him know that he which converteth 
the sinner from. the error of his way, shall save a soul 
from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins." J.imes 
5:19-20. 

In Gospel Messenger, Vol. 23, No. 47, 
page 741, appears an essay under the head 
of fault-finding. This suggested the above 
head, and it also suggested to me that the 
above Scripture should be grouped with it. 
I have always disliked the fault-finding spir- 
it, or as we might term it, to be more easily 
understood, habitual grumblers. For to 
never look at ourselves, but to be always find- 
ing or hunting some one else's mistakes, or 
to always turn the magnifying end of the tel- 
escope toward our brethren and sisters, and 
the diminishing end toward ourselves, is de- 
cidedly wrong. But according to the above 
Scripture, we consider it also wrong for us 
not to try to restore or convert, in the spirit 
of meekness, such that are overtaken in a 
fault or do en from the truth. 

We should earnestly contend for the faith 
once delivered unto the saints. When we 
see a house on fire, and the inmates probably 
all asleep, if there is any sympathy in us, we 



certainly would try to rescue the inmates 
from the flames. And just so with those 
who do err from the truth or are overtaken 
in a fault, if there is any Christian sympathy 
in us; if we have not the mind to enjoy 
heaven ourselves, we will lend a helping 
hand, and we will exert all our powers, and 
even lay aside our comforts, in order to re- 
store and convert such that do err and are 
overtaken in a fault. 

Now as to the tobacco question. I have 
always felt like using the spirit of forbear- 
ance toward those who use tobacco, but the 
writer of the above-named article says, "All 
admit that it is a filthy habi 1 -." Then let us 
put forth our powers to restore. 

Let me here tell a few facts. It is not a 
year ago that I had a neighbor, how is a ha- 
bitual smoker, to ride with me on the same 
seat in my sleigh, and th<j result was, before 
the journey was ended, his breath acted up- 
on my stomach worse than the stomach-pump 
(lobelia) would, as I did not get over the 
effects as soon as I would over a dose of lo- 
belia. If there is any scent that is sickening 
to me it is the scent of tobacco. 

Now as to another fact. We have in this 
little arm of the church, six or seven breth- 
ren who once used tobacco, strongly, for 
years, and they have quit the habit. Now 
what does this prove ? It proves that people 
can give up the habit. 

Now as to the great tide of fashion. I 
verily believe that the intemperance of fash- 
ion keeps more people on the broad road than 
the intemperance of rum, and that there is 
more money spent for it annually than there 
is for ram. It is a great evil many will ad- 
mit, not only our Fraternity, but many others 
also admit it. Now, then, must we keep still 
and say nothing, when we see our brother or 
sister in danger? Not if we adhere to the 
above Scripture. 

We have seen men and women converted, 
and if thoroughly converted, it made no dif- 
ference how much they were entangled with 
the great goddess of fashion, it would cause h 
shedding of the "Babylonish garment." It 
does not necessarily imply that every one 
who tries to rescue another from error, has a 
beam in his eye, and it seems uncharitable 
in us to say so. But there are some who 
would be, oh, so thankful if all would be 
quiet on the subject of fashion. But with the 
softest and most tender words that I can ex- 
press, I say, "Oh! please do consider that 
there are some who feel to give their assist- 
ance to rescue, to save from ruin, and restore 
to a healthy union in Christ Jesus, just as 
much, and more so than if they would see a 
house on fire, put forth their powers to res- 
oue the inmates. 

Now as to the restoring. How to accom- 
plish the most good is a question of no little 
importance. It is to be done in the spirit of 
meekness, "lest thouslso be tempted." But 
how often do we see it attempted in the spir- 
it of envy! Sometimes the first step that is 
taken is to make a church charge. Oh! what 
a pity for such great mistakes! A few years 
ago when that large hotel burned down in 
Milwaukee/ men stood seemingly spell-bound, 



as though they had lost their presenr of 
mind, and not able to render any help. Let 
us try and have the presence of mind tc ren- 
der help. 

Harbor Springs, Mich. 



CHIPS FROM THE WORK-HOUSE. 

BY DANIEL VANIMAN. 

On Dec. 3, I went about five miles in com- 
pany with others to the home of a young 
married lady, who had by affliction been con- 
fined to her room about ten months — most 
of this time unable to walk. Her babe is less 
than five weeks old, and the mother so deli- 
cate that a wave of air from an open door 
would affect her. Yet such was her faith, 
that burial with Christ in baptism was de- 
manded. Doubting Thomas thought it ex- 
ceedingly rash and risky, to bury such a one 
in water of December temperature, while the 
unwavering faith of the applicant, and other 
Joshuas and Calebs said, "Has not Jesus 
promised that if two of you shall agree on 
earth, as touching anything that they shall 
ask, it shall be done for them of my Father 
which is in heaven?" Has the arm of the 
Lord lost its power ? So, after an earnest 
appeal for aid, from him who stopped the 
mouths of lions, quenched the violence of 
fire, and put to flight the armies of the al- 
iens, she was helped into a covered carriage, 
and with other applicants taken half a mile 
or more to water, and there buried with 
Christ in baptism, which she enjoyed as well 
as others. She was now again placed in the 
carriage, well covered with blankets, and feet 
placed in a bucket of quite warm water, 
which a thoughtful sister had brought along 
in a jug. She was soon returned to her warm 
room, where the dripping garments were ex- 
changed for more comfortable ones. She 
then said she felt stronger and better than 
she had felt for many months. The saints 
rejoiced with her, and all seemed happy. 

The meeting in the Woodland church 
closed the same evening, Dec. 3, with a total 
of eight baptized and one more applicant. 
Beturned home on Dec. 1, and found all well, 
for which thanks be to the Lord, "whose 
mercy endureth forever." 



God's mercy is so great that it forgives 
great sins to great sinners, after great 
lengths of time; and then gives great favors 
and great privileges, and raises us up to 
great enjoyments in the great heaven of the 
great God. As John Bunyan well saith: 
"It must be great mercy, or no mercy; for 
little mercy will never Eerve my turn." 
—Sel. 



Let us be careful not to brutalize our con- 
ceptions of the scene on Calvary. The horri- 
ble pictures of the dying Christ in media val 
art are contrary to the delicate, reverent tone 
of the Scriptures; and so is all language which 
dwells upon the details, and emphasizes the 
greatness of the mortal agonies of our Lord. 



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Feb. 16, 1886. 



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Feb, 16, 1886, 



Brethren J. D. Trostle and John Forney 
are in the mission field in Kansas. At last 
report they were in Waubaunsee Co. Hope 
they may do much good for the Master. 



We stated in No. 2, that brethren Smith 
and Ennis were with the Brethren in Barber 
Co., Kan. Should have said they expected 
to be with them sometime during the winter. 



From Colfax, Ind., comes the good news of 
thirty-two accessions to the church, twenty- 
nine by baptism and three reclaimed. Bro. 
Jesse Calvert did the preaching. Full re- 
port next week. 

Bro. Samuel Sprankle, of Massillon, Ohio, 
is at work in the mission field. When last 
heard from he was on his way to Bristolville, 
and Lake Shore churcb, Ashtabula Co. We 
hope the Lord will bless his efforts. 

Bro. Harvey Carter, of Frankfort, Boss 
Co., O., says they had three meetings at Cir- 
cleville, Dec. 27. The meetirjgs were well 
attended, and a good feeling prevailed. They 
found kind and warm-hearted friends among 
the Brethren. 



Bro. E. J. Neher, who located at Keuka, 
Fla., last winter, is now pleasantly located on 
the south side of Lake Keuka, near town, 
where he is prepared to entertain brethren 
and others who contemplate spending the 
winter, or a few weeks or days, in that vicin- 
ity. 

A letter signed "D. C. S." goes into the 
waste-basket, under the rule that we publish 
no anonymous communications. If you have 
any desire to see your letters in the Messen- 
ger, don't forget to put your full name to 
them, otherwise they are sure to find a rest- 
ing-place in the wasto-baskot. 



Bro. A. W. Myers, of Johnstown, Pa., 
writes that the church at that place is enjoy- 
ing a season of refreshing. "The dark clouds 
have passtd, and the eky is bright and clear. 
A series of meetings is in progress; souls are 
being gathered into the fold of Christ, and 
the church is gaining ground, for which we 
thank our blessed Kedeemer." 



In Messenger No. 5, page 60, third col- 
umn, seventh line, read, "The ancient Ro- 
mans and Hebrews counted the third day 
which we should call the second. Sunday 
would be the third day after Friday, fourth 
after Thursday, etc , always counting the be- 
ginning and ending day. See the Crucifix- 
ion and Resurrection of Christ, etc." 



We have many kind words from our dear 
brethren and sisters, for the Messenger. — 
We refrain from publishing them, but they 
are nevertheless appreciated, and we thank 
you for them. In our weakness, and amid 
the perplexities surrounding editorial work, 
we often feel discouraged, but to know that 
we have the sympathies and the prayers of 
our dear brethren and sisters, gives us new 
courage, and we labor on, trusting in God and 
the justice of our cause. 



A brother sends $14 for the mission fund 
of the Church and says, "A few days ago I 
had a little leisure time and thought I 
would spend it eolicitirg donations from 
my friends and neighbors for the missionary 
work of the Church. As a result I send you 
a draft for fourteen dollars to be applied as 
above stated." This shows what can be 
done if only some one will take hold of the 
work. We trust others may follow this 
brother's example and do something for the 
spread of the gospel. 



Bro. A. W. Vaniman, of St. Louis, Mo., 
has consented to go into the Texas mission 
field, and work for the cause of the Master. 
Bro. Vaniman is in the second degree of the 
ministry, and we understand is an able speak- 
er — and we believe will do a good work in 
Texas. Let the prayers of our people go 
with our brother and sister to their new field 
of labor, that the Lord may bless their labor, 
and give them a plenteous harvest. Few of 
us realize the sacrifices that our brethren 
must make, who go out to labor in this kind 
of work, and our sympathies and prayers 
should go with them. The Committee found, in 
their efforts to secure some one to go to Tex- 
as, that the great need of the church to-day 
is to secure men to do the work. To-day 
many calls go unheeded because we have not 
men who are willing to go out into the front- 
ier, and labor and suffer for the cause of 
Christ. If to-day the church had but one 
hundred faithful, earnest, zealous ministers, 
who would be willing to say, "Here am I," 
what a great work might be done in the year 
to come! We have a number of men who are 
laboring to the extent of their ability for the 
Master, but we need more, and we can only 
pray to the Lord of the harvest to send forth 
laborers. 



Bro. T. Bimmel, of Sheldon, Iowa, writes 
that the Messenger is the only source 
through which they can hear Church news, 
and that it is their only preacher. They 
are isolated and only hear the brethren 
preach when some of them visit their place. 
He hopes that they may have a church or- 
ganized before long, so that the gospel may 
be preached to the people of Sheldon. 



The General Missionary Committee ap- 
propriated $100 for the mission work in Ore- 
gon at its last meeting. The money was 
sent to Bro. D. M. Brower, the Treasurer of 
the Missionary Committee of that State. In 
acknowledging the receipt of the money he 
says, "Returning home last Monday evening, 
weary and tired, having rode all day on 
horseback a distance of thirty miles through 
ice and snow, after an absence of three days, 
working for the Master, our spirits were 
revived, and we were made to thank God 
and take courage when told that aid had 
had been sent to help this District in her 
work. It made us feel that the general 
Brotherhood had not entirely forsaken us 
brethren in the far West, praise the Lord!" 



We enjoyed the pleasure of meeting with 
the brethren at Pine Creek, 111., on Sunday, 
the 7th inst. They have had a very inter- 
esting series of meetings, and on Sunday 
four more were added to the fold of Christ 
by baptism. On Sunday evening the large 
house was filled to its utmost capacity, and 
another soul came out on the Lord's side. — 
It was the intention of the brethren to close 
the meetings on Sunday evening, but such 
was the interest manifested, that they decid- 
ed to continue there a few evenings longer. 
In these meetings we have another evidence 
of the truth of what we have often urged in 
these columns, and that is if the home min- 
isters will go into the work, trusting in the 
Lord for help, and hold meetings, their 
efforts will be blessed. Much of the labor 
of the meetings fell upon Bro. Edmund 
Forney, and the fact that only once before 
in the history of the Church have there been 
such large meetings, and such interest mani- 
fested, shows that his labors are appreciated 
at home. The brethren from Mt. Morris 
and Franklin Grove rendered some assist- 
ance, and the Lord added his blessing. Six 
have been converted, one wanderer reclaim- 
ed, the church strengthened, and the end is 
not yet. May the Lord bless the work, and ; 
put it into the hearts of other home minis- 
ters to wait no longer, but commence at once 
a continued effort for the salvation of sin- I 
ners. 



THE LET-ALONE POLICY. 



Doubtless our first parents, after having 
broken God's command, and sinned, would 
have been glad if the Almighty had let them 
alone. Their futile attempt to hide from the 
presence of the Lord, shows plainly that they 
wanted to be let alone. The exposure of 
their sin and the swift punishment that fol- 
lowed would have been set aside, had the 
power been their's to pursue such a course. 



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105 



Bat the eternal fiat of Jehovah had gone 
forth, and the penalty came swift and sure. 

Ever since the days of Adam, people have 
been hiding from their sins, and have only 
asked to bo let alone. When the servant of 
God goes forth to herald the truth to the 
world, and attacks the follies and the wicked- 
ness of men, the cry is heard, "Let us alone, 
we are satisfied with our condition; we do 
not ask you to interfere with our affairs, we 
think we are all right, just attend to your own 
business, and we will attend to ours." This 
has been the answer of men in all ages, when- 
ever an effort has been made to show them 
the error of their ways, and to induce them 
to reform. 

. The Pharisee, clothed in self-righteous- 
ness, and steeped in corruption, with hypo- 
critical voice, took refuge behind the let-alone 
plea, and not only rejected Christ but con- 
demned him to die on the cross. 

When the terrible Bin of human slavery 
rested with its evils, like a dark cloud over 
part of our own beloved land, and when men, 
moved of God, raised their voices against the 
wickedness of a system that made merchan- 
dise of humanity, the slave holders' cry was, 
"Let us alone; we believe slavery to be a di- 
vine institution. You have no right to inter- 
fere with it; let us alone." And the men 
who dared to speak against the institution, 
did so at the risk of their lives. 

To-day, when the very life-blood of our na- 
tion is being sapped by that monster evil, in- 
temperance in acoholic drinks, the saloon- 
keeper, the brewer, and the distiller cry in 
concert, "Let us alone, this is a free country; 
a man ha3 a right to drink what he pleases. 
You have no right to interfere in our traffic. 
People will drink, and we propose to furnish 
them the poison, and all we ask of you is to 

LET US ALONE." 

So we might go on, and enumerate other 
evils, and we would hear the same cry. Men 
who do evil and work unrighteousness, only 
ask to be let alone in their wickedness, and 
thus it is in all the world. 

But how is it in the church? Is there any 
of this let-alone policy to be found within 
her borders? Do Christians sometimes use 
this cry? Let us see! In our position as 
editors, we are in a place where the let-alone 
cry may be heard, and it comes to us pretty 
often. Do we but touch upon some folly, or 
evil that is to be found amongst us as a peo- 
ple, we soon hear the ominous cry, "Let us 
alone." Pride, with luxurious living, the re- 
sult of ill-spent wealth, fashionable and fool- 
ish dressing, the evidence of pride in the 
heart, are crowding into the church, and 
those who indulge in such things only ask to 
be let alone. One says, "I don't propose to 
take a paper that says so much about dress." 
She only wants to be let alone. 

The tobacco chewer, with his quid iu his 
mouth, says, "Let me alone, don't say so much 
about tobacco, it hurts my feelings. I know 



it is a filthy habit, but I like it, and want to 
use it. It don't hurt me, and all I ask of you 
is to keep quiet about tobacco. Say as much 
as you please about fiae dressing, for I de- 
test the fashionable follies of the day, but 
please let me and the tobacco question alone." 

The one who sometimes yields to the temp- 
tation to go into a drinking saloon, and take 
a glass of beer, and occasionally something 
stronger, says, "Why can't you let me alone? 
So much writing on the temperance question 
disgusts me. Many good people drink a 
glass of beer when they want it, and I can do 
the same. I think it is out of place to say 
so much about temperance. Better put 
something of more importance in your paper, 
and let the temperance question alone." 

Those who are inclined to depart from the 
simplicity of the gospel, to indulge in vani- 
ty, attend places of worldly amusement, to 
bring innovations into the church, reiterate 
the same cry, adding to it such epithets as 
"old fogy," "narrow-minded," ''strait-laced,'" 
— all of which they apply to those who re- 
monstrate against the evils of going after the 
world. They seem to think that, because a 
thing is new, it follows that it must be good. 
They are just as far out of the way as are 
those who think that, because something has 
been observed for ages, and is therefore very 
old, it must be right. In both cases the cry is 
just the same, "Let us alone." 

We hear the same plea from those who are 
laying up treasures in this world, adding 
farm to farm, and putting the increase annu- 
ally at interest. The church needs money to 
send out missionaries, to print tracts, and 
carry forward the work of the Lord, and asks 
that each one gives as the Lord has prosper- 
ed them. And we hear the let-alone cry 
again, "You are always asking for money; 
you are making a hobby of the missionary 
business." Just as if any one could make a 
hobby of spreading the gospel! Don't you 
know that Jesus did nothing else during his 
ministry in this world? He not only gave all 
his time to the work of his Father, but gave 
his life for it in the end. 

And so we might go on. It is too true, 
that the let-alone policy has found its way in- 
to the church. We refer to these things, not 
to wound the feelings of any, but in the hope 
that we may take heed unto our ways, "For 
there is a way that seemeth right unto a man, 
but the end is death." We may, for the few, 
short, fleeting years of our mortal lives, insist 
on being left alone in our whims and notions. 
We may defend the habits that we have 
formed, but in the end, as in the beginning, 
our plea to be let alone, and our attempt to 
hide from our sins, will avail us nothing. 
God is merciful, but he is also just, and his 
decree is, that every secret thing shall be 
brought to light. In the great day of final 
account?-, the LIT ALONE plea will not avail. 
Then shall every man give an account of the 
deeds done in the body. 



QUERISTS' DEPART3IENT. 



Brethren Editors: — 

Will you please give an explanation through your 
paper of the 22nd and 34th verses of the 11th chapter of 
first Corinthians, where it read?, ' Have ye not houses to 
eat and to drink in?" and, "If any man hunger, let him 
eat at home." The reason I ask for this explanation w, 
I have a neighbor, a member of the Baptist church, who 
would not eat dinner at our love-feast on that account, 
that is, because the apostle wrote as above quoted. 1 
was asked for an explanation on it, and as I could not 
give a satisfactory one, I thought I would ask for an ex- 
planation through your worthy paper. 

Maky H. Hozbnek. 
Did Paul sanction the eating of a meal, in 
connection with the communion emblems, by 
the Corinthian brethren? We reply, he did. 
And we shall sustain this reply sufficiently 
to reach that in the query, upon which an ex- 
planation is desired. 

That "the Lord's Supper" which the Cor- 
inthians ate was eaten with the apostle's 
sanction, we presume, will not be denied by 
any. It is thus alluded to by the apostle: 
"When ye come together, therefore, into one 
place, this is not to eat the Lord's Sapper. 
For in eating, every one taketh before other 
his own supper; and one is hungry, and an- 
other is drunken." Verses 20th and 21st. 
The passage in the Kevieed Vereion reads as 
follows: "When therefore ye assemble your- 
selves together, it is not possible to eat the 
Lord's Supper: for in your eating each one 
taketh before other his own supper; and one 
is hungry, and another is drunken." It is 
evident, from Paul's language, as above giv- 
en, that he sanctioned the eating of "the 
Lord's Supper," and that it was right for the 
Corinthians to eat that supper. What was 
wrong in the case was the disorderly manner 
in which it was eaten. "It is impossible to 
eat the Lord's Supper," said Paul, plainly 
implying that it was right to eat the Lord's 
Supper, but impossible to do it with the dis- 
order that was connected with it by the Cor- 
inthian brethren. 

Then it was right for the Corinthians to 
eat "the Lord's Supper." But what was "the 
Lord's Sapper?" It was surely a meal, and 
not merely the emblems of the body and 
blood of Christ. To prove our position that 
it was a meal, we offer the following testimo- 
nies: 

1. The primary and literal meaning of tho 
word supper, is a meal. Webster defines it, 
a mealiakenai the close of the day. If we 
look at the word deipnon, the Greek word 
that occurs in 1 Cor. 11: 20, and which is 
translated supper, we shall find that it is ox- 
plained by Greek lexicographers as Webster 
explains supper. Mr. Parkhurst, in his Greek 
and English Lexicon to the New Testament, 
in one of his definitions of deipnon, thus ex- 
plains it: "In the latter Greek writers, aB in 
the New Testament, a supper, an evening 
meal, or /east." Aud in explaining kuriakon 
deipnon, he say e, "The Lord's Supper, oc- 
curring in 1 Cor. 11: 20. It appears, howev- 
er, from this and the following verses, that 



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Feb. 16, 1886. 



the appellation does not strictly mean the 
Eucharist, but a supper in imitation of that 
of which our Lord partook when he insti- 
tuted the Eucharist." We see from the 
above explanations of "the Lord's Supper," 
both in the Greek and in the English lan- 
guage, that it means a meal. 

2. The context plainly shows that the apos- 
tle, by 'the Lord's Supper," means a meal, 
and not the communion emblems of the body 
and blood of our Lord. These are called by 
other names, as is seen in 1 Cor. 10: 16. — 
There this language occurs: "The cup of 
blessing which we bless, is it not the com- 
munion of the blood of Christ? The bread 
which we break, is it not the communion of 
the body of Christ?" 

Paul, in reproving the Corinthians for 
their disorder, and in telling them why it 
was impossible for them to eat "the Lord's 
Supper," says, "For in eating, every one tak- 
eth before other his own supper; and one is 
hungry, and another is drunken. What! 
have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or 
despise ye the church of God, and shame 
them that have not?" It is evident, from 
the above language, that the brethren at Cor- 
inth had made provision for a meal, as sever- 
al of them brought suppers with them. It 
is also evident that "the Lord's Supper" was 
to intended to allay the hunger of such as 
came to the meeting hungry, and had no 
houses to eat in. This is clear from the fol- 
lowing languagj already quoted: "One is 
hungry, and another is drunken." In those 
times of persecution, many who embrac- 
ed the Christian faith were driven from 
their homes, and had no houses to eat in. — 
And "the Lord's Supper," or love-feast, of 
the Apostolic age, when eaten in the proper 
order, and in true brotherly love, afforded 
the homeless the means for refreshing their 
bodies, and allaying their hunger, while be- 
ing eaten in connection with the communion 
emblems, it became in its religious charac- 
ter a means of grace and a source of spiritu- 
al enjoyment. 

Such is the view we must take of "the 
Lord's Supper," to make all that the apostle 
has written upon the subject harmonize. — 
Keeping the idea of a supper in view, the 
apostle gives the following direction in re- 
gard to it: "Wherefore, my brethren, when 
ye come together to eat, tarry one for anoth- 
er. And if any man hunger, let him eat at 
home; that ye come not together unto con- 
demnation," verses 33, 31. The meaning of 
the last verse is, that those who had houses 
to eat in, should eat at home, if they would 
be in danger of becoming too hungry to wait 
until all would come together, including 
those that had no houses to eat in. Recog- 
nizing "che Lord's Supper" to be a Christian 
meal to be eaten by both the rich and the 
poor members of the congregation tocether, 
Paul's language concerning it is intelligible, 
but if "the Lord's Supper" is applied to the 



communion emblems of the body and blood 
of Christ, his language is not intelligible. 

But while Paul's language referred to in 
the query is free from difficulty, when con- 
nected with other parts of his discourse upon 
"the Lord's Supper," and explained as we 
have explained it, we cannot see the proprie- 
ty of the Baptist friends declining to take 
dinner with our Brethren on a love-feast oc- 
casion, since that dinner is not regarded as 
any part of the divine or devotional service 
connected with our communion season. And 
common meals, as refreshment for the body, 
are often taken by Baptists and other denom- 
inations in their houses of worship. J. Q. 



COBBESPONDENCE. 

Write what thou seest— and send it unto the churches . 



Home Again. 



According to previous arrangement, I met 
with the Brethren of the Jacob's Creek con- 
gregation on the evening of Jan. 1, at the 
Mt. Joy church, near Mt. Pleasant, to hold a 
series of meetings. We continued the meet- 
ing until the evening of the 8th, when the 
snow began to fall and the wind was so vehe- 
ment, that we were obliged to discontinue un- 
til the evening of the 13th. This, of course, 
was detrimental to the interest of the meet- 
ing. We closed our meeting on the evening 
of the 17th. Three came out on the Lord's 
side, while others are near the kingdom. The 
Brethren are earnestly laboring for the good 
cause. 

On the evening of tin 18th, I met with the 
Brethren of the Indian Creek congregation, 
at the old County-line church, to assist Bro. 
Frederick Weimer, from Bridgeport, Pa., 
who had already begun the work at this 
place. Bro. Frederick is an earnest worker 
in the good cause. We earnestly contended 
for the faith once delivered unto the saints. 
The congregations were large and very at- 
tentive. On the evening of the 25th, I re- 
luctantly bade farewell to the Brethren and 
friends, leaving the meeting in the hands of 
Bro. Weimer to continue. Two precious 
souls were made willing to accept Christ. — 
Many thanks to the brethren and sisters. 

J. H. Meyers. 
Markleysburg, Pa. 



From Summit Church, Ind. 



In this church there are about seventy-five 
members, scattered over a territory extend- 
ing twenty-five miles from east to west, and 
twelve miles north to south, and only one 
minister of the Brethren to supply the 
preaching for all this territory, which, of 
course, he cannot do as it ought to be done. 
Although he is preaching, on an average, fif- 
teen times a month, ard scmetimes much 
more, one-fourth of the calls cannot be sup- 
plied. To ministering brethren we would 
say, for the love of Jesus and the love of pre- 
cious souls, Come and help us in the grand 
work of the Lord. The great want of the 
people is, that three or four ministers would 
come and settle among us. If any brethren 



are thinking of changing their place or resi- 
dence, we would say, Come and see us, and 
this part of the country. We think this part 
of the country very good for growing grain, 
wheat, corn, grass and vegetables, and still 
better, for establishing churches, and bring- 
ing precious souls to Christ, glory and 
heaven. Through the blessing of God and 
the efforts of the church, twenty-three dear 
souls have accepted Christ, have been 
baptized, and have entered the strait gate, 
during the last year, and yet there are some 
applicants. Dear brethren, for the Lord's 
sake, and the love of precious and immortal 
souls, come and help us in the grand work of 
salvation, for salvation is of the Lord. We 
pray God to send laborers into this part of 
his vineyard. Any correspondence, address- 
ed to me, at New Cumberland, Grant Co., 
Ind., will be answered. Any coming to 
preach, will be met at Fairmount, Ind. May 
the Lord bless the church and save souls. 

I. J. Howard. 



From Salimoiiy Church, Intl. 



We commenced meeting in our church- 
house, here in Lancaster, on the evening of 
Jan. 13, preaching night and day, except a 
few days. Most of the time we had large 
congregations, especially in the evening; had 
good attention. Four were baptized; yester- 
day two young girls; last night, between 9 
and 10 o'clock, a young man and his wife. — 
May the Lord bless them, and enable them 
to be faithful until death, is our prayer. Da- 
vis Younce did the preaching. 

Samuel Murray. 

River, Inch, Jan. 25. 



From Erviii, Ind. 



According to previous arrangements, Bro. 
W. S. Toney and myself started on Jan. 19, 
for Naperville, 111., to hold a series of meet- 
ings. We stopped in Chicago with Bro. 
Hadsell, and by his earnest request that one 
of us should stay and hold a few meetings in 
the city, I consented to do so. 

Bro. Hadsell informed us of the affliction 
of sister Susie Hearne, who desired to follow 
the injunction of Jamee, "Is any sick? Let 
him call for the elders, * * * anoint him 
with oil in the name of the Lord." Went 
out to Bro. Hadsell's and found the sister 
much better, and, after the anointing, seemed 
greatly strengthened in the Lord. Bro. Ton- 
ey then went to Naperville, and on Sunday I 
went to the city and had two meetings with 
good interest. On Monday morning, Jan. 18, 
joined Bro. Toney at Naperville. Had good 
meetings, and the brethren will give you a 
report of its success. 

I returned on Jan. 24, and had another 
meeting in Chicago in the evening. Met an 
interested congregation. Some seem deeply 
impressed and say they will soon unite with 
the church. Truly, I believe that by regular 
preaching in the city, many will embrace the 
doctrine held forth by the Brethren. Bro. 
Hadsell is putting forth every effort to make 
the mission work in Chicago a success. If 
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107 



the city, they should stop and hold a few 
meetings. 

Feb. 6, I expect to go to Southern Indiana 
with Bro. Isaac Branson, to labor in the mis- 
sion field, and encourage isolated members, 
and build up the cause of Christ. We need 
the prayers of God's dear children, that we 
may be instrumental in bringing many into 
the fold of Christ. Daniel Bock. 



City Work. 



Just closed a successful meeting at Inde- 
pendence, Montgomery County, Kan. This 
church has been organized about eight years; 
has had her trials and reverses, but a bright- 
er day has come. One of her misfortunes 
was, they had no place of worship in the city. 
But as they had several additions by emigra- 
tion, they concluded to build a house of wor- 
ship in the city. Last summer they built a 
good, substantial house, 28x46. They now 
thought the time had come to hold some 
meetings. Commenced with small congrega- 
tions; but as the meeting advanced, the con- 
gregations increased, and with the prayers 
and presence of a few faithful ones, it soon 
became manifest that our work was not in 
vain. Continued about two weeks, visiting 
through the day, preaching at night. A good- 
ly number came out on the Lord's side, and 
after the ice was removed, were buried with 
Christ in baptism, in the presence of a large 
congregation of spectators. Six of the num- 
ber were from the Campbellite Church. Clos- 
ed the meeting with excellent interest, and 
many promises of more additions in the near 
future. We learn one fact in city work. 
There are a good many in the city that are 
common people, and are not able to dress 
and cope with the fashionable churches, and 
we are glad to know they do not desire to. 
Many of them believe the religion of Christ 
teaches them something better. 

Sidney Hodgden. 



From Hohlen, Mo. 



We have passed through a short series of 
meetings. On the evening of the 16th, Bro. 
Jacob Witmore, of Centreview, came and 
preached that evening and the following 
morning. Bro. Samuel Pheils of Nevada, 
Mo., preached the Word the rest of the week, 
until Friday night, when the meetings were 
closed, as duty seemed to call him to other 
fields of labor. We were sorry to give him 
up in so short a time. The Word was 
preached with power, and we think some good 
and lasting impressions were made, yet there 
were no accessions, but we think some were 
counting the cost. We earnestly desire to 
see the fruits of the labor that has been put 
forth in this part of God's vineyard. Time 
and again have both saint and sinner been 
faithfully warned, yet they eay by their ac- 
tions, "Go thy way for this time, at a more 
convenient time I will call for thee." (Some say, 
"It will do for the old, but I am young. I will 
or may live long, and I will spend my youth 
in sport and folly of the world, but when 1 
get old I will aerve the Lord." How many 
know they will live to be old? "To-day is 



ours, we know not what to-morrow may bring 
forth." "To-day, if ye hear my voice, harden 
not your hearts." May God help all to know 
that "procrastination is the thief of time." 
We have a great desire to see a strong church 
built up here, for the harvest is great and 
the laborers are few. We need a minister 
among us, so that we might have preaching 
oftener. Bro. Witmore is almost overbur- 
dened in his field of labor, and in rather del- 
icate health, but nearly always at his post. 
May the Lord be his strength. 

We have had some very cold weather and 
good sleighing, but the weather has moderat- 
ed considerably and the snow is melting rap- 
idly. Sabah Musselman. 



Keport of Money Received for "The 
Sister's Mission." 



Sieters of the James Creek Church, 

Pa $14 16 

Sisters of the Lick Creek Church, Bry- 
an, 10 00 

Sisters of the Rockton Church, Pa. . . . 3 00 
" " Bethel Church, Neb.... 3 15 
" " Falls City Church, Neb . 2 55 
" " Mt. Morris paid to Treas. of 

General Mission Committee 31 44 

Clara E. Horn, Wornville, O 8 50 

Sister Swanger, " " " 25 

Sally Wingart, " " " 25 

Kosie Snowberger, New Enterprise, Pa. 

for tract funds 20 00 

Mrs. G. G. Lehmer, Allerton, la 1 00 

Nancy Jane Mohler, Edenton, O 50 

Fanny Gibble, " " " . . . . 50 
Laida Smell, " " " . . . . 50 
Mattie Smell, " " " . . . . 50 
Effie Smell, " " " . . . . 50 
A Sister, Waterside, Pa 42 



Total $65 78 



From Hickory Co,, Mo. 



On Saturday, Jan. 29, in company with 
ministers of the Osceola church, Jacob Yost, 
and A. Killingsworth, we started on a mis- 
sionary trip to Hickory Co., Mo. Preached 
three discourses at Zion church, a place 
where the people knew but little of the Breth- 
ren. Attendance very good, and interest ex- 
cellent. Three persons made application 
for membership. They are heads of fami- 
lies, and of excellent standing in this commu- 
nity. Two of them were members of the 
Christian church, and the other was raised 
among the Friends. 

On the fourth Lord's day of April next, the 
ministers of the Osceola church will fill sev- 
eral appointments at the same place, and the 
probability is that a number more will unite 
with the church at that time. The attention 
of the Miesion Board of Southern Mo., is 
called to this field of labor. It seems the 
most promising of any in said district. By 
diligently following up the good work already 
begun, an active church of faithful mem- 
bers may be organic d there, in the near fut- 
ure. The material is at hand and, seeming* 
ly, ripe for the harvest. 



The religious community of that vicinity 
is divided and subdivided into four or five 
different parte, which are not on the best of 
terms with each other. The Brethren's 
preaching has confused all of them. Some 
of them declared that iE their churches did 
not practice feet-washing, they would with- 
draw. Others would contend that feet-wash- 
ing was useless, as a church ordinance, etc, 
etc. 

The effect of the Brethren's plain, practical 
preaching among them was a little like the 
explosion of a shell ; the fragments of which 
have struck pretty hard. Some are badly 
wounded and have applied to the Great Phy- 
sician for help; others will follow. 

Inasmuch as the above field is somewhat 
isolated, we trust that surrounding churches 
will step in, and help push on the great and 
glorious work of evangelizing that part of the 
great harvest field. 

Perhaps the General Missionary Board 
could aid a little in means. J. S. Mohleh. 

Deep Water, Mo. 



From Mohicau Church, Wayne Co., O. 



We enjoy many blessings for which we 
are thankful, and among them, one of great 
importance, is the effort the Brethren have 
recently been making to enlarge the borders 
of Zion. 

Bro. I. D. Parker, of Ashland, by request 
of the church, came to us on Jan. 16, and re- 
mained twelve days, laboring in Word and 
doctrine, with diligence and zeal. The im- 
mediate results were made manifest by nine 
dear ones uniting with the church, six by 
baptism and three reclaimed. We rejoice to 
see sinners obey the gospel, but when we 
see the young people obey the command, 
"Remember now thy Creater in the days of 
thy youth," we are greatly encouraged to 
keep on our armor. We rejoice and are glad 
to see six of our Sunday-school scholars 
unite with the church, yet many of our 
Brethren's children are away from God, 
whose duty it is to obey the gospel, build up 
the church, work out their own salvation, and 
carry the glad tidings to others. Ob, Breth- 
ren, how necessary it is that we bring up our 
children in the fear of the Lord, and teach 
them to early embrace the truth! 

E. M. McFadden. 
Lattasburg, (). 



From liaugo Church, Elkhart Co,, Ind. 



We, the Brethren in the Baugo church, 
met in church council on the sixteenth of 
January, and decided to have a series of 
meetings and to begin at once, and so Elder 
J. Knisely promised to 6tay and preach for 
us, which he did with power, until the "1 1st. 
Brother John does not shun to declare the 
gospel, aud I must eay that he has sown some 
good eeed. But we were unwilling to stop 
yet, so we sent for H. Kreighbaum to assist 
us, which he did, and labored for us until 
the 31st. B. Bollinger has also preached 
come for us during our meetings, and the 
result of these meetings is, eight precious 
soult have beenjmade willing to walk in new* 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGEK, 



Feb. 16, 1886. 






nees of life. There was no water too cold for 
our Elder John Metzger to go with our 
applicants, to follow the Savior's example. 
There were many tears shed for joy to see 
Brethren's children join in with the children 
of God. We would Bay to the brethren, 
Come again. Let us give God the praise for 
for all that has been done. 

H. M. Schwalm. 
Feb. 4, 1880. 



From Green Spring, Pa. 



I cannot refrain from giving the readers 
of the Messenger a short notice of our good 
meetings held in our new church recently, 
conducted by Bro. D. F. Sfcouffer, of Benevo- 
la, Md. The meetings began on Jan. 14, 
and continued until the eve of the 24th, 
when five precious souls were baptized, we 
trust, to walk in newness of life. There 
were four of one family, — two sons and 
daughters, who were all young in years. 
There are others near the kingdom. 

This meeting, like many others, closed 
when the most interest was manifested, but 
Bro. S. having contracted a severe cold, it 
became necessary to close our good meetings. 
Not only the unconverted were aroused to a 
sense of their duty, but with the power that 
God's Word was spoken, and the good things 
we have heard, we feel strengthened for the 
future. 

Some of our best citizens have been made 

to search the Scriptures, and we believe a 

good work has been done. We do trust 

that oar brother's days may be many, and 

that God may give him strength, that in his 

earnest appeals and zealous labors, he 

may be the means of bringing many precious 

sheaves into the garner of everlasting bliss. 

Barbie E.. Miller. 
Jan. 20, 1886. 



From Rocktou, Clearlield Co., Pa. 



Our series of meetings is now in the past, 
but we well remember them. Souls were 
made to rejoice, and are rejoicing yet. Bro. 
George S. Kairigb, of the Montgomery 
churcb, Indiana Co., Pa , came to Rockton 
on Friday before Christmas, and preached 
Jesus to us. We feel that it was accompan- 
ied by the Spirit of God. 

We gave the Greenville Brethren, about 
eight miles south of Rockton, a part of Bro. 
Rairigh's time. He remained in the two 
churches about four weeks. Seven were add- 
ed by baptism. 

About the time Bro. Rairigh left for hie 
home, Bro. R. T. Pollard, of Armstrong Co., 
Pa., commenced a series of meetings north of 
Rockton, in the Hickory church, and contin- 
ued about ten days. The attendance was 
not very large, but the attention was good. 
We were well fed with the bread that cometh 
down from heaven, and were again made to 
rejoice, by seeing one reclaimed and one ap- 
plicant for baptism. Daring our series of 
meetings, eight were added by baptism and 
one reclaimed. We say, Thanks to the Lord 
God! Thirty- four have been added to our 
littl' band of Brethren, since Feb. 1885. God 



help us that we may continue to gather la- 
borers into his vineyard. 

We wish to say someting about our Rock- 
ton love-feast, held June 5, 1885. It was a 
feast to our souls, being the first we 
have ever had here. We had a good repre- 
sentation of brethren and sisters from Mont- 
gomery and Manor churches, and many 
thanks to them for it. Our ministerial force 
was excellent. J. S. Holsinger, J. W. Spich- 
er, George Rairigh, Mark Minser, and James 
A. Sell were with us. Dear brethren, if God 
spares you, come again. Dear brethren, 
remember us in your prayers. 

Peter Beer. 

Feb. 3, 1886. 



From Lanark, 11. 



We have just closed a very interesting se- 
ries of meetings. Bro. J. M. Mohler came to 
us on the 23rd of Jan., and remained till Feb. 
5. He preached eighteen sermons, and, as a 
result, twenty-five precious souls united with 
the church, to walk in newness of life. We 
trust the members were also built up in that 
most holy faith which was once delivered un- 
to the saints. Bro. Mohler shunned not to 
declare the whole council of God. Brethren, 
pray for the lambs of the flock! Bro. Mohler 
goes from here to Shannon, and preaches 
there next week. C. P. Rowland. 

Feb. 6, 1886. 



From Scalp Level, Pa. 



As there has been nothing written from 
this congregation for some time, I will in- 
form your many readers what we are trying 
to do for the Master's cause. 

On New Year's day, the brethren and sis- 
ters of Shade Creek congregation, met in 
council in the Big Church. The main object 
of this meeting was to ordain one or two 
brethren to the Eldership. Oar elder, Jo- 
seph Berkey, is pretty well advanced inyearSj 
and has a great deal of church work to see to, 
so he desired help, and the church deemed it 
wise to grant it. Elders John S. Holsinger, 
George Shrock, and Emmanuel J. Blough, 
were expected to be with us, but when the 
time of meeting arrived, no one came but 
Bro. Holsinger. Hopes were entertained 
that Bro. Blough would come yet, so the 
church proceeded with the work. As there 
was some doubt as to who should be ordain- 
ed, the church almost unanimously decided 
to ordain two, viz: Jacob Holsopple and Hi- 
ram Musselman. As none of the brethren 
came, and Bro. Holsopple was away, attend- 
ing a funeral, so the ordination was postpon- 
ed till Sunday. A young brother volunteer- 
ed to go and bring Bro. Blough, while Bro. 
Holsinger held several night meetings. The 
weather was inclement on Sunday, yet a 
goodly number gathered together. After 
preaching and exhortation, the ordination 
took place. Bro. Blough performed his part 
on crutches, which was a pitiful sight. Deep 
solemnity pervaded the audience. 

Bro. Holsinger is soliciting money for the 
church at Glen Hope, Clearfield Co. It 



seems that their meeting-house is not paid 
for yet. He is well acquainted with the cir- 
cumstances connected with it, and explained 
it fully. The church then went to work and 
raised $33.85, and appointed three solicitors 
to see what could be done further. We ex- 
pect to raise nearly fifty dollars. 

There are a number of members living in 
the extreme eastern part of our district, on 
the Alleghany mountains, who have no meet- 
ing house to worship in. The church decid- 
ed to build one the coming summer, and ap- 
pointed a building committee of four breth- 
ren. 

Mr. Fox donates the ground for the church 
and a cemetery. We have, at present, four 
meeting-houses and six points where we hold 
regular meetings. In our church, here in 
Scalp Level, we have meetings every two 
weeks in day-time, and every Sunday night. 
This church has seven ministers and a num- 
ber of deacons. 

For some time past we have felt the need of 
a revival in our singing. We wrote to Bro. 
Beery, but he could not come, and we finally 
secured the services of Bro. James Casseday, 
of Somerset. Oar class numbers about sixty, 
and we expect to increase it some yet. We 
are using the Hymnal altogether, and find it 
gives good satisfaction. 

Jerome E. Blough. 

Feb. 3, 1886. 



From South Waterloo, la. 



By request of a mother in Israel, I will 
communicate a few thoughts to the Messen- 
ger, in regard to the welfare of the South 
Waterloo church. 

Some of the ministers that visited us had 
been under the impression before they came 
here, that the South Waterloo church was 
about wrecked. They were greatly surprised 
to find it in as good a condition as they did. 
I suppose the cause of them, and otViers, be- 
ing under that impression, was, lecaus i there 
is very little published from this part of 
God's heritage, hence the request as above 
stated. 

The church emerged from the fiery trial 
it passed through, in as good a shape as 
could be expected. The majority of the 
original members remained with the church. 
Some have changed their church relations 
within the last few years. There were about 
sixty-four received into the church during 
1884 and 1885; several by letter included in 
the above number. Some have moved away. 
I cannot give the exact number of present 
membership, but am safe in saying, it is con- 
siderable over two hundred. We have a 
Sunday-school in summer, which is well at- 
tended, and the old and young feel interested 
in it. Social prayer-meeting at private 
houses about once a week, which is calculated 
to strengthen us in the inner man. Public 
meeting at four different places. There is 
meeting at the church every Sunday; one 
Sunday in the forenoon, and the next Sun- 
day in the evening. At two of the places we 
have meeting every two weeks, and the other 
every four weeks. According to previous ar- 
rangements, wo have meeting every four 



Feb. 16,) 1886. 



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weeks at the four different places on one day. 
In addition to the above efforts put forth in 
the Master's cause, the church saw proper 
upon different occasions, to call for help from 
brethren outside of this arm of the churcb, 
to put forth special efforts, which were in- 
deed soul-reviving feasts. If there is joy in 
heaven over one sinner that repentetb, why 
should there not be joy among the saints 
when they are delivered from the power of 
darkness, and translated into the kingdom of 
his dear Son. Although not always crowned 
with success in receiving additions, yet it had 
a good effect in building up the members, 
and to promote brotherly love. We feel to 
thank the brethren that have labored for us 
in the past. Hope they and those who have 
not been here, will make this one of their 
stopping places in their travels. 

In conclusion, I would say to all God's 
cross-bearing children, Remember us in your 
prayers. Samuel M. Miller. 

Feb. 8, 188(1. 



Donations for the Poor. 



Elizabeth Crabtree, 111 $ 15 

Mary A. Holsinger, 111 50 

Henry Zook, 111 1 00 

Benj. Bowman, Va . , 10 

David Clem, Ind 50 

John Forney, Kan 1 50 

Sherman Sonafrank, Ind 50 

Mary E. Weigle, 111 50 

A Home for Bro. Hope. 

Nettie Baxter, Bourbon, Ind $ 50 

Eliza A. Baxter, Bourbon, Ind 25 

Daniel Barrick, Elida, 111 1 00 

Panther Creek churcb, 111 20 00 

A Sister, Abilene, Kan 1 00 

A well-wishing sister 50 

C. G. Garman, Darlington, Mo 1 00 

S. S. Garman, Darlington, Mo 1 00 

Thos. Q. Garman, Darlington, Mo 1 00 

Margaret Fritschle, Olney, 111 1 00 

Lydia Showman, Bath, Ind 5 00 

Elizabeth Correll, Keota, la 1 00 

Isaac Henricks, Virden, 111 1 00 

Lewis M. Kob, la 1 00 

Alley A. Ownly, Decatur, la 1 00 

Eaunee Hamilton, Ind 50 

Blue River church, Whitley Co, Ind. 6 10 

Yellow Creek church, 111 8 85 

D. D. Horner, Jones' Mills, Pa 5 00 

Catharine Craft, Elk Creek, Neb 1 00 

Lena Hicks, New Brunswick, Ind 50 

M. Lillie Moomaw, Daleville, Va 2 00 

Beatrice church, Neb 9 40 

Artia Myers, Fostoria, 1 00 

M. G., Manhattan, 111 50 

John J. Solomon, Shoals, Ind 1 25 

Isaac Cook, Mason, Mich 25 

A sister, Air Hill, O 50 

Priscilla Smith, Walkerton, Ind 1 00 

Honey Creek church, Mo 3 50 

Christian Wirt, Lewiston, Minn 5 00 

Lizzie Flory, Pawnee City, Neb 50 

Sarah S. Harley, Harleysville, Pa 50 

Kate S. Harley, Harleysville, Pa 1 00 

Jennie S., Martha S., Lottie S., Fred- 



die L., and Irene M. Harley, ten 

cents each 50 

Elizabeth Spindler, Woodland, Mich . 50 

Z. M. Johnson, Wichita, Kan 1 00 

John Timmons, Prairie City, la 1 00 

M. Snyder, Conrad Grove, la 2 00 

M. P. Bach, Philadelphia, Pa 1 00 

R. P. Balderston, Philadelphia, Pa. . . 1 00 

F. J. Evans, Lancaster, Pa 1 00 

J. N. Morrow and wife, Osborne, Kan. 1 00 

Lydia Ball, Uniontown, Pa 5 00 

Serepta Stoneberger, Mexico, Ind 5 00 

P. Helser and daughter, Somerset, . 2 00 

S. A. Shaver, Maurertown, Va 1 00 

J. E. Gnagy, Accident, Md 1 50 

Samuel P. Maust, Myorsdale, Pa 1 00 

Peter Maust, Myersdale, Pa 1 00 

Jacob Barrick, Byron, 111 1 00 

Barren Ridge Sunday-school, Barren 

Ridge, Va 3 00 

Wm. Roberts, Myrtle Point, Ore 50 

Maria Roberts, Myrtle Point, Ore ... 50 

Nellie Roberts, Myrtle Point, Ore 25 

A Family 7 00 

Henry Hains, Stockton, Cal 5 00 

A Brother and Sister, Stockton, Cal . . 3 00 

Levi Flora 50 

Galen B. Royer, Mt. Morris, 111 1 50 

D. B. Puterbaugh, Lanark, 111 1 00 

Lamotte church, Crawford Co., Ill . . . 3 30 

Daniel Herbster, La Paz, Ind 50 

Canton church, 10 00 

A Sister from Shannon, 111 50 

Sarah Bowman, Abote, Ind 2 00 

P. S. Thomas, Harrisburg, Va 1 00 

Sarah Livengood, Sabetha, Kan 1 00 

Mrs. Nan. Hollinger, Minneapolis, 

Minn 1 00 

Mrs. Maria Anderson, Reading, Pa . . . 1 00 

David Shroyer, Carroll, Pa 1 00 

H. M. Schwenk, Sugar Valley, Pa. . . . 1 00 

Mary Schwenk, Sugar Valley, Pa 1 00 

B. N. Schwenk, Sugar Valley, Pa. . . . 50 

Emma F. Schwenk, Sugar Valley, Pa. 50 

Wm. A. Shook, Sugar Valley, Pa 50 

J. Klepeer, East Freedom, Pa 35 

Harriet Reed, Easton, W. Va 1 00 

J. M. Keeny, Port Alleghany, Pa 1 00 

J. F. Ross, Simpson, W. Va 1 00 

Fred. Garst, Watson, Mo 5 00 

Benjamin and Kate C. Kessler, Mon- 
rovia, Md 5 00 

Hudson church, Hudson, 111 8 00 

Tobias Kimmel 1 00 

Barbara Kimmel 1 00 

Ella Kimmel 1 00 

Mary Austin, Scandia, Kan 1 00 

Belle Austin, Scandia, Kan 25 

Nat Williams, Belleville, Kan 1 00 

Louisa Williams, Belleville, Kan 50 

D, Hackenberry, Burr Oak, Kan 25 

Dr. and Mrs. A. A. Dancanson,782 W. 

Madison St., Chicago 1 00 

Katie Johnson, Somerset, Pa 50 

A Sister, Hagerstown, Md 1 00 

Christ. Garehart, Valley Center, Kan. 1 00 

Cold Water church, Greene Co., la. . . 9 75 

Barbara Beckone, Good's Mills, Va.. 100 

W. C, Heisel, Osborne City, Kan .... 50 

David Clark, Headville, W. Va 1 00 

Calvin Rogers, " " 25. 

Edward Bailey " " 25 

S. W. Iser, " " " 25 



Hendricks Clark, Headville, W. Va. . . 1 25 

Peter Biser, " " 50 

Geo. S. Arnold, Burlington, W. Va. . . 50 

John W. Arnold, " "... 50 

Geo. W. Leatherman, " "... 25 

D. B. Arnold, " "... 50 

Solomon Biser, " "... 50 

B. S. Leatherman, " "... 50 

J. W. Kline, " "... 25 

J. W. Leatherman, " "... 50 

D. R. Leatherman, " "... 50 

Sallie Leatherman, " "... 50 

Zach. Arnold, " "... 1 00 

Wm. Leatherman, " "... 50 

Isaac R. Biser, " "... 25 

Ed. T. Biser, " "... 25 

Polly A. Clark, Headville, W. Va. . . . 1 00 

Eli Burger, Baltic, 1 00 

M. Miller, Dayton, 1 00 

Elizabeth H., Trotwood, 2 00 

Sallio, Mummawville, O 1 25 

Barbara, Trotwood, O 50 

A. W. S. Trotwood, O 50 

Fianna F. Barr, Philadelphia, Pa. . . . 1 00 

Christian Zook, Lancaster, Pa 1 00 

Salome Pearson, Lancaster, Pa 1 CO 

Morrill church, Kan 25 

David Wells, Pottstown, Pa 1 00 

South Waterloo church, la 28 00 

A Sister, Grantville, Md 1 00 

Naomi Crull, Prescott, la 1 00 

John Mohler, Bradford, 1 00 

Woodland church, 111., by C. Bucher. 8 50 

Alice B. Snyder, Cedar Rapids, la. . . 1 00 

Catharine Blubaugh, Cedar Rapids, la. 1 00 

Rose Ivey Kimmel, Auburn, 111 1 00 

Total $204 25 

Amount previously reported £221 90 

Total to date $486 15 



From West Nimishillen Cliurcli, Stark 
Co., Ohio. 



Bro. Noah Longanecker conducted a se- 
ries of meetings for us, which commenced 
Jan. 29, and continued until Feb. 4. During 
those meetings much was said to those al- 
ready in the church, telling them to be firm 
io. their faith, and to hold out to the end. 
Those who attended the meetings, cannot 
help feeling stronger in the service of the 
Lord. While the members of the church 
were benefitted in general, we must believe 
that those who have been looking into the 
church, were also made to feel that their 
place should be in the church. Christ is in 
the church, and in the church is the place to 
get into Christ. Those who live in Christ 
shall die in Christ. Samuel Sprankle. 



From Hridgewator, Va. 

We are now in the midst of winter. This 
month has been one of unusual severity, for 
our section of country. Notwithstanding 
the snow and severe cold on last Sunday, 
four students of the Virginia Normal enlist- 
ed as soldiers under the banner of King Je- 
sus. We think others are near, and hope 
they will soon imitate their glorious example. 

John W. Click. 



no 



THE GOSPEI- MESSENGER, 



Feb. 16, 1886. 



From Centrevieiv, Mo. 



We again send forth the glad news to our 
many readers of one more precious soul unit- 
ing with the church at Centreview. This 
dear brother lives in Cooper county, and as 
there is no church there, he came here to be 
baptized. My husband held a week's meet- 
ing at his place this winter (his wife being a 
member), he received the doctrine kindly, 
and became much troubled in mind, and fi- 
nally yielded to the gentle wooing of the 
Spirit. He is fast approaching his three 
score, and no doubt felt that the evening of 
this life is nearing, when he should have set 
his house in order. Oh! how many close the 
door of their hearts when the Savior is gent- 
ly knocking, and will give themselves over to 
hardness of heart, and finally that Spirit will 
cease knocking, for he says, "My Spirit will 
not always strive with man." 

Amanda Witmore. 

Feb. 3, 1886. 



From Iionyniont, Col. 



Oh! Brethren, do you ever think of us in 
the Far West, and the great cause of your 
Master, and the many calls that must go un- 
heeded because of the lack of help? We 
have the whole State of Colorado and part of 
Wyoming, and but four ministers to fill all 
the calls. Now, when we call to mind the 
many preachers that some of our eastern 
churches have, and how seldom their turn 
comes to preach, we ask, Why is it, brother 
preacher, you do not become alarmed at your 
condition, and aek yourself the important 
question, Am I fulfilling my calling, or the 
great commission, "Go, preach my Gospel to 
every creature?" We say again, Come West, 
and help us. We have a good country and a 
fine climate. We have had a very fine win- 
ter; had but little cold weather. Farmers 
are plowing and getting ready to sow wheat, 
at this writing. May the good Lord bless us 
all, and a double portion be the G. M's., that 
it may make its weekly visits to its many 
friends. Pray for us. G. W. Fesler. 

Jan. 31, 1880. 



From Nevada, Vernon Co., Mo. 



I will try and fulfill the promise made in 
a former report of our home church work, 
on the outskirts, near the home of 
brother Dunning, fourteen miles from Ne- 
vada. In my former report, mention was made 
of a father preventing his daughter from 
being baptized, and of his threatening to 
shoot her and the one that would baptize 
her. In about ten days or two weeks this 
very same father requested the brethren 
and sisters to hold their social meeting at 
his house. 

Oh, Brethren, it gladdened the hearts of 
the saints when this request was made. 

Our dear elder, Brother Samuel Click, 
was present at that meeting, and a glorious 
one it was; for one dear sister came out on 
the Lord's side. Baptism was postponed 
for a few days, on account of the hope of 
others coming soon. Brother Click came 
home and reported the outlook good for an 



ingathering to the fold, so, after proper ar- 
rangements being made, Brother Click and 
the writer left home on the 20th of January. 
Arrived at the place of meeting (which was 
at the house of the man men